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
Shoichet, B. K. (2004). Virtual screening of chemical libraries. Nature, 432(7019), 862–865.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lindsay, M. E., & Dietz, H. C. (2011). Lessons on the pathogenesis of aneurysm from heritable conditions. Nature, 473(7347), 308–316.
A journal article with 3 authors
Moritz, C. T., Perlmutter, S. I., & Fetz, E. E. (2008). Direct control of paralysed muscles by cortical neurons. Nature, 456(7222), 639–642.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Gao, Z.-D., Qu, Y., Li, T., Shrestha, N. K., & Song, Y.-Y. (2014). Development of amperometric glucose biosensor based on Prussian Blue functionlized TiO2 nanotube arrays. Scientific reports, 4, 6891.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Armstrong, H. A., & Brasier, M. D. (2004). Microfossils. Malden, MA USA: Blackwell Publishing.
An edited book
Sharp, C., & Tackett, J. L. (Eds.). (2014). Handbook of Borderline Personality Disorder in Children and Adolescents. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Lyytinen, K. (2009). Section 1: Fundamental Concepts of Design. In K. Lyytinen, P. Loucopoulos, J. Mylopoulos, & B. Robinson (Eds.), Design Requirements Engineering: A Ten-Year Perspective: Design Requirements Workshop, Cleveland, OH, USA, June 3-6, 2007, Revised and Invited Papers (pp. 88–90). 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
Luntz, S. (2014, December 21). Scientists Translate Monkey Sounds To English. 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). HEAF 1992 Financial Condition (No. HRD-93-21R). 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
Bardhoshi, G. (2012). The Relationship Between Assignment of Non-Counseling Duties and Burnout Among Professional School Counselors (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Goldberg, S. (2017, April 19). The town where mercury still rises. New York Times, p. 0.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Shoichet 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Lindsay and Dietz 2011; Shoichet 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Lindsay and Dietz 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Gao 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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