How to format your references using the European Journal of Psychology of Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Psychology of Education. 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
Sukhdev, P. (2012). Sustainability: The corporate climate overhaul. Nature, 486(7401), 27–28.
A journal article with 2 authors
Catlow, R., & Fisher, A. (2011). Marshall Stoneham (1940-2011). Nature, 471(7338), 306.
A journal article with 3 authors
Losos, J. B., Schoener, T. W., & Spiller, D. A. (2004). Predator-induced behaviour shifts and natural selection in field-experimental lizard populations. Nature, 432(7016), 505–508.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Solanki, S. K., Lagg, A., Woch, J., Krupp, N., & Collados, M. (2003). Three-dimensional magnetic field topology in a region of solar coronal heating. Nature, 425(6959), 692–695.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Montgomery, G. E., & Schuch, H. C. (2007). GIS Data Conversion Handbook. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bisht, J. K., Meena, V. S., Mishra, P. K., & Pattanayak, A. (Eds.). (2016). Conservation Agriculture: An Approach to Combat Climate Change in Indian Himalaya. Singapore: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Chhabra, A., Geist, H., Houghton, R. A., Haberl, H., Braimoh, A. K., Vlek, P. L. G., et al. (2006). Multiple Impacts of Land-Use/Cover Change. In E. F. Lambin & H. Geist (Eds.), Land-Use and Land-Cover Change: Local Processes and Global Impacts (pp. 71–116). 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 European Journal of Psychology of Education.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, June 18). Dr. Oz Admits ‘Miracle’ Diet Products He Advocates Are Pseudoscience. IFLScience. IFLScience.‘miracle’-diet-products-he-advocates-are-pseudoscience/. 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. (1977). Claim of Raines High School for Advertisements Placed in the School Yearbook and Newspaper (No. B-187099-O.M). 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
Manzano, D. (2010). The benefits of fall intervention programs for older adults: A grant proposal (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
Rosenberg, E. (2017, May 17). Acquitted, but Still Haunted by Jail and DNA Used Against Him. New York Times, p. A23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sukhdev 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Catlow and Fisher 2011; Sukhdev 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Catlow and Fisher 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Solanki et al. 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Psychology of Education
AbbreviationEur. J. Psychol. Educ.
ISSN (print)0256-2928
ISSN (online)1878-5174
ScopeDevelopmental and Educational Psychology

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