How to format your references using the Educational Psychology Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Educational Psychology Review. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Mullin, T. (2002). Granular materials. Mixing and de-mixing. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5561), 1851.
A journal article with 2 authors
Drake, J. M., & Griffen, B. D. (2010). Early warning signals of extinction in deteriorating environments. Nature, 467(7314), 456–459.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu, Z., Gandhi, C. S., & Rees, D. C. (2009). Structure of a tetrameric MscL in an expanded intermediate state. Nature, 461(7260), 120–124.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Li, J., Chen, Q., Long, L.-J., Dong, J.-D., Yang, J., & Zhang, S. (2014). Bacterial dynamics within the mucus, tissue and skeleton of the coral Porites lutea during different seasons. Scientific reports, 4, 7320.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Bisswanger, H. (2005). Enzymkinetik. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Cao, J., Mao, K., Cambria, E., Man, Z., & Toh, K.-A. (Eds.). (2015). Proceedings of ELM-2014 Volume 1: Algorithms and Theories (Vol. 3). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
McCluggage, W. G. (2014). Other Neoplasms of the Cervix. In J. Tidy & J. H. F. Smith (Eds.), Cellular Pathology of Glandular Lesions and Uncommon Neoplasms of the Cervix (pp. 113–133). London: Springer.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Educational Psychology Review.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2017, January 23). You Can Finally See The World’s Finest Uncut Opal. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office. (2000). Mass Transit: Project Management Oversight Benefits and Future Funding Requirements (No. RCED-00-221). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Stanford, V. (2016). Finding theatre from within: Augusto Boal’s Games for Non-Actors in an Introduction to Acting class (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Cowen, T. (2014, August 22). From Colonial India, Lessons for a Changed Economy. New York Times, p. BU4.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Mullin 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Drake and Griffen 2010; Mullin 2002).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Drake and Griffen 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Li et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleEducational Psychology Review
AbbreviationEduc. Psychol. Rev.
ISSN (print)1040-726X
ISSN (online)1573-336X
ScopeDevelopmental and Educational Psychology

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