How to format your references using the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Abnormal Child 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
Milonni, P. W. (2000). Quantum decay. A watched pot boils quicker. Nature, 405(6786), 525, 527.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gatenby, R. A., & Maini, P. K. (2003). Mathematical oncology: cancer summed up. Nature, 421(6921), 321.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yamada, T., Dautry, A., & Walport, M. (2008). Ready for avian flu? Nature, 454(7201), 162.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Xin, X., Wan, Y., Wang, W., Yin, G., McLamore, E. S., & Lu, X. (2013). A real-time, non-invasive, micro-optrode technique for detecting seed viability by using oxygen influx. Scientific reports, 3, 3057.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shanmugam, R., & Chattamvelli, R. (2015). Statistics for Scientists and Engineers. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Awange, J. L. (2016). Geospatial Algebraic Computations: Theory and Applications. (B. Paláncz, Ed.) (3rd ed. 2016.). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Kazar, B. M., & Celik, M. (2012). Parallel Implementations of Approximate SAR Model Solutions. In M. Celik (Ed.), Spatial AutoRegression (SAR) Model: Parameter Estimation Techniques (pp. 47–50). Boston, MA: Springer US.

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 Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2014, May 20). Astronomers Have Identified Stars That Eat Earth-Like Planets. 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. (2008). Aviation Security: Transportation Security Administration May Face Resource and Other Challenges in Developing a System to Screen All Cargo Transported on Passenger Aircraft (No. GAO-08-959T). 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
Paulone, S. (2013). Mergers and Acquisitions: Examining Managerial Strategy Connection to Post Transaction Accounting Measures (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

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
Hyduk, J. (2017, January 1). A Year That Can Never Be Taken From Cleveland. New York Times, p. SP4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Milonni 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Gatenby and Maini 2003; Milonni 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Gatenby and Maini 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Xin et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Abnorm. Child Psychol.
ISSN (print)0091-0627
ISSN (online)1573-2835
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Developmental and Educational Psychology

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