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
Wang, Q. (2014). China should aim for a total cap on emissions. Nature, 512(7513), 115.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mendelson, T. C., & Shaw, K. L. (2005). Sexual behaviour: rapid speciation in an arthropod. Nature, 433(7024), 375–376.
A journal article with 3 authors
De Pontieu, B., Title, A., & Carlsson, M. (2014). Eyeing the Sun. Probing the solar interface region. Introduction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6207), 315.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Högberg, P., Nordgren, A., Buchmann, N., Taylor, A. F., Ekblad, A., Högberg, M. N., … Read, D. J. (2001). Large-scale forest girdling shows that current photosynthesis drives soil respiration. Nature, 411(6839), 789–792.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
CCPS. (2006). Guidelines for Mechanical Integrity Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Ajith, A. (2006). Stigmergic Optimization. (G. Crina & R. Vitorino, Eds.) (Vol. 31). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Wenige, L., & Ruhland, J. (2016). Flexible On-the-Fly Recommendations from Linked Open Data Repositories. In W. Abramowicz, R. Alt, & B. Franczyk (Eds.), Business Information Systems: 19th International Conference, BIS 2016, Leipzig, Germany, July, 6-8, 2016, Proceedings (pp. 43–54). 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 of Clinical and Health Psychology.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2016, October 6). A Global Dust Storm Might Cover Mars In A Matter Of Weeks. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1992). Three Studies at the Local Level (No. 147975). 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
Boyer, M. D. (2009). Organizational improvisation within an episodic planning model: A systems perspective (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Williams, J. (2016, November 11). Chatting With Bowie. New York Times, p. BR4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wang, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Mendelson & Shaw, 2005; Wang, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Mendelson & Shaw, 2005)
  • Three authors: (De Pontieu, Title, & Carlsson, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Högberg 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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