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
Heyworth, M. F. (2000). Sky was not the limit for music-loving Herschel. Nature, 407(6802), 286.
A journal article with 2 authors
Liu, T. L., & Kim, C.-J. C. J. (2014). Repellent surfaces. Turning a surface superrepellent even to completely wetting liquids. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6213), 1096–1100.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hammami, A., Raymond, N., & Armand, M. (2003). Lithium-ion batteries: runaway risk of forming toxic compounds. Nature, 424(6949), 635–636.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Bernet, M. L., Miniati, F., Lilly, S. J., Kronberg, P. P., & Dessauges-Zavadsky, M. (2008). Strong magnetic fields in normal galaxies at high redshift. Nature, 454(7202), 302–304.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chiang, H.-D. (2010). Direct Methods for Stability Analysis of Electric Power Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Wakabayashi, I., & Groschner, K. (Eds.). (2013). Interdisciplinary Concepts in Cardiovascular Health: Volume II: Secondary Risk Factors. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Singer, W. (2012). What binds it all together? Synchronized oscillatory activity in normal and pathological cognition. In F. G. Barth, P. Giampieri-Deutsch, & H.-D. Klein (Eds.), Sensory Perception: Mind and Matter (pp. 57–70). Vienna: Springer.

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
Taub, B. (2016, November 11). Friendship Helps Chimps De-Stress. 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. (1996). School Facilities: America’s Schools Report Differing Conditions (No. HEHS-96-103). 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
Alajmi, H. (2012). Pre-Islamic Poetry and Speech Act Theory: Al-A`shá, Bishr ibn Abī Khāzim, and al-Hujayjah (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Baker, L. (2007, April 1). Retirement Homes Go High-Rise and Urban. New York Times, p. BU15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Heyworth 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Heyworth 2000; Liu and Kim 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Liu and Kim 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Bernet et al. 2008)

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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