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
Müller, B. (2011). Physics. The limits of ordinary matter. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6037), 1513–1514.
A journal article with 2 authors
Slater, A. G., & Cooper, A. I. (2015). Porous materials. Function-led design of new porous materials. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348(6238), aaa8075.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gregg, M. C., Sanford, T. B., & Winkel, D. P. (2003). Reduced mixing from the breaking of internal waves in equatorial waters. Nature, 422(6931), 513–515.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Li, J.-S., Li, S.-L., Tang, Y.-J., Li, K., Zhou, L., Kong, N., et al. (2014). Heteroatoms ternary-doped porous carbons derived from MOFs as metal-free electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction. Scientific reports, 4, 5130.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Li, W. (2004). Risk Assessment of Power Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Evans-Winters, V. E., & Bethune, M. C. (Eds.). (2014). (Re)Teaching Trayvon: Education for Racial Justice and Human Freedom. Rotterdam: SensePublishers.
A chapter in an edited book
Hamilton, D., & Zufiaurre, B. (2014). New Education for New Times. In B. Zufiaurre (Ed.), Blackboards and Bootstraps: Revisioning Education and Schooling (pp. 87–111). Rotterdam: SensePublishers.

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
Fang, J. (2015, November 5). Pink Slime Doesn’t Share Its Potato With Other Microbes. 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. (1978). Inadequacies in Data Processing Planning in the Department of Commerce (No. FGMSD-78-27). 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
Tosti, C. L. (2009). Quantification of dispersed and aggregated iron in vivo by magnetic resonance imaging (Doctoral dissertation). Columbia University, New York, NY.

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
Ketcham, I. W. (1942, January 4). Feel of Child’s Hand Found Way to Restored Confidence. New York Times, p. REVIEW OF THE WEEK EDITORIALSE7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Müller 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Müller 2011; Slater and Cooper 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Slater and Cooper 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Li et al. 2014)

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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