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
Lichtenthaler, S. F. (2012). Cell biology. Sheddase gets guidance. Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6065), 179–180.
A journal article with 2 authors
Baumann, P., & Cech, T. R. (2001). Pot1, the putative telomere end-binding protein in fission yeast and humans. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5519), 1171–1175.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mendell, J. T., ap Rhys, C. M. J., & Dietz, H. C. (2002). Separable roles for rent1/hUpf1 in altered splicing and decay of nonsense transcripts. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5592), 419–422.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhao, T., Hou, C., Zhang, H., Zhu, R., She, S., Wang, J., et al. (2014). Electromagnetic wave absorbing properties of amorphous carbon nanotubes. Scientific reports, 4, 5619.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Baker, K. R. (2011). Optimization Modeling with Spreadsheets. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Wu, J.-Z. (2006). Vorticity and Vortex Dynamics. (H.-Y. Ma & M.-D. Zhou, Eds.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gautam, V., Yadav, V. K., Singh, A. K., & Tiwari, S. P. (2014). On the Topological Structure of Rough Soft Sets. In D. Miao, W. Pedrycz, D. Ślȩzak, G. Peters, Q. Hu, & R. Wang (Eds.), Rough Sets and Knowledge Technology: 9th International Conference, RSKT 2014, Shanghai, China, October 24-26, 2014, Proceedings (pp. 39–48). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
O`Callaghan, J. (2015, September 17). NASA Delays First Manned Mission Of Mars-Bound Orion Spacecraft To 2023. 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. (1977). Request for Assistance on Allegations From K. R. Higgins Concerning Planning Research Corporation’s Contract at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (No. LCD-77-345). 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
Pan, X. (2008). Using Structural Information in Modeling and Multiple Alignments for Phylogenetics (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Gordon, M. R., & Nechepurenko, I. (2017, June 19). U.S. Is Warned After It Downs Syrian Fighter. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lichtenthaler 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Baumann and Cech 2001; Lichtenthaler 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Baumann and Cech 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhao 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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