How to format your references using the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology. 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
Wilson, S. M. (2013). Professional development for science teachers. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6130), 310–313.
A journal article with 2 authors
West, S. A., & Sheldon, B. C. (2002). Constraints in the evolution of sex ratio adjustment. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5560), 1685–1688.
A journal article with 3 authors
Karlseder, J., Smogorzewska, A., & de Lange, T. (2002). Senescence induced by altered telomere state, not telomere loss. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5564), 2446–2449.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lumelsky, N., Blondel, O., Laeng, P., Velasco, I., Ravin, R., & McKay, R. (2001). Differentiation of embryonic stem cells to insulin-secreting structures similar to pancreatic islets. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5520), 1389–1394.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Simpkins, C. A., & Simpkins, A. M. (2011). Zen Meditation in Psychotherapy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Preedy, V. R., Srirajaskanthan, R., & Patel, V. B. (Eds.). (2013). Handbook of Food Fortification and Health: From Concepts to Public Health Applications Volume 2. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Burke, M., & Kennedy, P. (2011). Geogebra. In L. Bu & R. Schoen (Eds.), Model-Centered Learning: Pathways to Mathematical Understanding Using GeoGebra (pp. 57–72). 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 of Clinical and Health Psychology.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2016, October 17). Uranus May Have Two More Undiscovered Moons. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2011). DOD Education Benefits: Increased Oversight of Tuition Assistance Program Is Needed (GAO-11-300). 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
Morrison, C. (2009). Who am I? Identity formation of children in foster care: A curriculum development [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Walsh, M. W., & Cooper, M. (2013, January 10). Big Teachers’ Fund to Sell Its Gun Shares. New York Times, B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wilson, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (West & Sheldon, 2002; Wilson, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (West & Sheldon, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Karlseder et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Lumelsky et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology
AbbreviationInt. J. Clin. Health Psychol.
ISSN (print)1697-2600
ScopeClinical Psychology

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