How to format your references using the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. 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
Tomioka, K. (2015). Condensed-matter Physics: Flat transistor defies the limit. Nature, 526(7571), 51–52.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chaine, A. S., & Lyon, B. E. (2008). Adaptive plasticity in female mate choice dampens sexual selection on male ornaments in the lark bunting. Science (New York, N.Y.), 319(5862), 459–462.
A journal article with 3 authors
Long, S. B., Casey, P. J., & Beese, L. S. (2002). Reaction path of protein farnesyltransferase at atomic resolution. Nature, 419(6907), 645–650.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, M., Fu, L., Gan, L., Zhang, C., Rümmeli, M., Bachmatiuk, A., et al. (2013). CVD growth of large area smooth-edged graphene nanomesh by nanosphere lithography. Scientific reports, 3, 1238.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Robinson, M. D. (2013). An Employer’s and Engineer’s Guide to the FIDIC Conditions of Contract. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Billett, S., Harteis, C., & Gruber, H. (Eds.). (2014). International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Sun, J.-Q., & Song, B. (2012). Analysis and Control of Deterministic and Stochastic Dynamical Systems with Time Delay. In A. C. J. Luo & J.-Q. Sun (Eds.), Complex Systems: Fractionality, Time-delay and Synchronization (pp. 119–203). 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 International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2017, May 5). This 22-Year-Old’s Idea Has Raised $31 Million To Clean Up Plastic In The Pacific. 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. (1987). Weather Satellites: Economies Available by Converging Government Meteorological Satellites (No. NSIAD-87-107). 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
Wilson, P. (2015). A Case Study of the Efficacy of Middle College on Educational Advancement (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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
Otis, J. (2017, October 29). Her Peers Made School Look Easy. With Hard Work, She’s Catching Up. New York Times, p. A17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Tomioka 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Chaine and Lyon 2008; Tomioka 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Chaine and Lyon 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal for the Advancement of Counselling
AbbreviationInt. J. Adv. Couns.
ISSN (print)0165-0653
ISSN (online)1573-3246
ScopePsychology (miscellaneous)
Applied Psychology

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