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
Bernstein, R. (2015). Improving student advising. Science (New York, N.Y.), 350(6261), 710.
A journal article with 2 authors
Spero, H. J., & Lea, D. W. (2002). The cause of carbon isotope minimum events on glacial terminations. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5567), 522–525.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sobolev, A. V., Hofmann, A. W., & Nikogosian, I. K. (2000). Recycled oceanic crust observed in “ghost plagioclase” within the source of Mauna Loa lavas. Nature, 404(6781), 986–990.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Masuda, S., Awaji, T., Sugiura, N., Matthews, J. P., Toyoda, T., Kawai, Y., et al. (2010). Simulated rapid warming of abyssal North Pacific waters. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5989), 319–322.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Caferro, W. (2010). Contesting the Renaissance. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Müller, A. H. E., & Borisov, O. (Eds.). (2011). Self Organized Nanostructures of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers II (Vol. 242). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Mishra, P. K., Singh, K., & Baruntar, S. (2012). ID-Based Threshold Signcryption and Group Unsigncryption. In S. M. Thampi, A. Y. Zomaya, T. Strufe, J. M. Alcaraz Calero, & T. Thomas (Eds.), Recent Trends in Computer Networks and Distributed Systems Security: International Conference, SNDS 2012, Trivandrum, India, October 11-12, 2012. Proceedings (pp. 35–44). 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
Hale, T. (2016, September 28). Washing Your Clothes Can Release Up To 700,000 Microplastic Particles Into The Environment. 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). High-Containment Laboratories: Recent Incidents of Biosafety Lapses (No. GAO-14-785T). 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
Neil, S. (2012). A turn from the worst: Leadership influences on the successful turnaround of a high-poverty school (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Vecsey, G. (2010, September 7). Nation of Individuals Sees Tennis Identity Fade. New York Times, p. B13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bernstein 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Bernstein 2015; Spero and Lea 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Spero and Lea 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Masuda et al. 2010)

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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