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
Farrar, J. (2012). H5N1 surveillance: Shift expertise to where it matters. Nature, 483(7391), 534–535.
A journal article with 2 authors
Weber, T. S., & Deutsch, C. (2010). Ocean nutrient ratios governed by plankton biogeography. Nature, 467(7315), 550–554.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hatano, T., Stopa, M., & Tarucha, S. (2005). Single-electron delocalization in hybrid vertical-lateral double quantum dots. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5732), 268–271.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Fink, J. M., Göppl, M., Baur, M., Bianchetti, R., Leek, P. J., Blais, A., & Wallraff, A. (2008). Climbing the Jaynes-Cummings ladder and observing its nonlinearity in a cavity QED system. Nature, 454(7202), 315–318.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Morales, G., & Kacher, C. (2015). Short Selling with the O’Neil Disciples. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Ferré, N., Filatov, M., & Huix-Rotllant, M. (Eds.). (2016). Density-Functional Methods for Excited States (1st ed. 2016., Vol. 368). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Gray, J. (2006). Enriques: Popularising Science and the Problems of Geometry. In V. F. Hendricks, K. F. Jørgensen, J. Lützen, & S. A. Pedersen (Eds.), Interactions: Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy, 1860–1930 (pp. 135–154). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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. (2017, January 4). Science Says You Should Really Stop Sticking Things Into Your Ears. 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. (2017). 2015 Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake Rule: Comparison of DOT Forecasts for Selected Data Points for 2015 and 2016 to Preliminary Data for Those Years (No. GAO-17-567R). 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
Saguilig, L. G. (2017). A Clinical Decision Support System for the Prevention of Genetic-Related Heart Disease (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
Van Witsendavid Montefioregina Paglia, B. L. F. G. T. C. S. J. K. C. C. A. R. B. O. E. J. (1978, April 2). Letters TO THE EDITOR; The Arts and Mrs. Mondale Apple Annie Fashions Girth and Great Voices. New York Times, p. The New York Times MagazineSM28.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Farrar 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Farrar 2012; Weber and Deutsch 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Weber and Deutsch 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Fink 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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