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
Misa, T. J. (2011). Retrospective. Steven P. Jobs (1955-2011). Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6058), 919.
A journal article with 2 authors
Melnick, J. G., & Parkin, G. (2007). Cleaving mercury-alkyl bonds: a functional model for mercury detoxification by MerB. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5835), 225–227.
A journal article with 3 authors
Holland, R. A., Wikelski, M., & Wilcove, D. S. (2006). How and why do insects migrate? Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5788), 794–796.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sezen, H., Buchholz, M., Nefedov, A., Natzeck, C., Heissler, S., Di Valentin, C., & Wöll, C. (2014). Probing electrons in TiO2 polaronic trap states by IR-absorption: evidence for the existence of hydrogenic states. Scientific reports, 4, 3808.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Radzevich, S. P. (2013). Geometry of Surfaces. Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Schwenker, B. (2007). Making Growth Work: How Companies Can Expand and Become More Efficient. (S. Bötzel, Ed.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Barrett, D. S., & Yasen, S. K. (2013). Mobile and Fixed Bearings in Unicondylar Knee Resurfacing: Indications vs Osteotomies and Total Knee Replacements. In N. Confalonieri & S. Romagnoli (Eds.), Small Implants in Knee Reconstruction (pp. 29–42). Milano: 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, November 10). Our Web History Reveals What We Think And Do. Shouldn’t That Remain Private? 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. (2014). Traffic Safety: Alcohol Ignition Interlocks Are Effective While Installed; Less Is Known about How to Increase Installation Rates (No. GAO-14-559). 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
Wolfenden, A. (2012). Factors predicting oncology care providers’ behavioral intention to adopt clinical decision support systems (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Saslow, L. (2006, December 3). Stony Brook Medical Center Names Chief Executive. New York Times, p. 14LI2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Misa 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Melnick and Parkin 2007; Misa 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Melnick and Parkin 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Sezen 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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