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
Dorn, G. W., 2nd. (2010). Medicine. Refugee receptors switch sides. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5973), 1586–1587.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sime, L. C., & Wolff, E. W. (2011). Antarctic accumulation seasonality. Nature, 479(7372), E1-2; author reply E2-4.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kelbert, A., Schultz, A., & Egbert, G. (2009). Global electromagnetic induction constraints on transition-zone water content variations. Nature, 460(7258), 1003–1006.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Eckstein-Ludwig, U., Webb, R. J., Van Goethem, I. D. A., East, J. M., Lee, A. G., Kimura, M., et al. (2003). Artemisinins target the SERCA of Plasmodium falciparum. Nature, 424(6951), 957–961.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Burrows, G. E., & Tyrl, R. J. (2012). Toxic Plants of North America. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Winkelmann, R. (2006). Analysis of Microdata. (S. Boes, Ed.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Afaq, F., & Mukhtar, H. (2011). Botanical Antioxidants for Skin Protection: An Overview. In J. Krutmann & P. Humbert (Eds.), Nutrition for Healthy Skin: Strategies for Clinical and Cosmetic Practice (pp. 51–63). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Andrew, E. (2015, April 30). Melting Moments: A Look Under East Antarctica’s Biggest Glacier. 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. (1993). Developing and Using Questionnaires (No. PEMD-10.1.7). 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
Swan, C. (2017). Arts participation and career preparedness: A pragmatic approach to assessing arts benefits (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
Leland, J. (2016, August 26). Black Enclave’s Newcomers: Mr. and Mrs. L.L.C. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dorn 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Dorn 2010; Sime and Wolff 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Sime and Wolff 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Eckstein-Ludwig et al. 2003)

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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