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
Chalker, D. L. (2014). Epigenetics: Keeping one’s sex. Nature, 509(7501), 430–431.
A journal article with 2 authors
Miles, L., & Kapos, V. (2008). Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation: global land-use implications. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5882), 1454–1455.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bréon, F.-M., Tanré, D., & Generoso, S. (2002). Aerosol effect on cloud droplet size monitored from satellite. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5556), 834–838.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yin, P., Hariadi, R. F., Sahu, S., Choi, H. M. T., Park, S. H., Labean, T. H., & Reif, J. H. (2008). Programming DNA tube circumferences. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5890), 824–826.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rieth, M. (2012). Pharmazeutische Mikrobiologie. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Kulnieks, A., Longboat, D. R., & Young, K. (Eds.). (2013). Contemporary Studies in Environmental and Indigenous Pedagogies: A Curricula of Stories and Place. Rotterdam: SensePublishers.
A chapter in an edited book
Ott, H. C., & Taylor, D. A. (2006). Myoblast Cell Transplantation: Preclinical Studies. In N. Dib, D. A. Taylor, & E. B. Diethrich (Eds.), Stem Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering for Cardiovascular Repair: From Basic Research to Clinical Applications (pp. 81–93). Boston, MA: Springer US.

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
Andrews, R. (2015, November 14). Scientists Develop “Thirsty” Nanopore Water Filtration Device. 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. (2015). Space Acquisitions: GAO Assessment of DOD Responsive Launch Report (No. GAO-16-156R). 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
Lee, M. (2009). Utilizing the Index of Learning Styles (ILS) in a technology-based publishing program (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
Wagner, J. (2017, August 12). First-Base Prospect Finally Lives the Dream During a Mets Victory. New York Times, p. D2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chalker 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Chalker 2014; Miles and Kapos 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Miles and Kapos 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Yin et al. 2008)

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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