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
Theissen, G. (2001). Genetics of identity. Nature, 414(6863), 491.
A journal article with 2 authors
Di Paolo, G., & De Camilli, P. (2006). Phosphoinositides in cell regulation and membrane dynamics. Nature, 443(7112), 651–657.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ohtsuki, H., Iwasa, Y., & Nowak, M. A. (2009). Indirect reciprocity provides only a narrow margin of efficiency for costly punishment. Nature, 457(7225), 79–82.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Huang, M. H., Mao, S., Feick, H., Yan, H., Wu, Y., Kind, H., et al. (2001). Room-temperature ultraviolet nanowire nanolasers. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5523), 1897–1899.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pan, G. W. (2003). Wavelets in Electromagnetics and Device Modeling. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
McMillan, K. L., & Rival, X. (Eds.). (2014). Verification, Model Checking, and Abstract Interpretation: 15th International Conference, VMCAI 2014, San Diego, CA, USA, January 19-21, 2014, Proceedings (Vol. 8318). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kaneko, Y. (2014). Modeling and Simulation. In K. Kondo, R. N. Akolkar, D. P. Barkey, & M. Yokoi (Eds.), Copper Electrodeposition for Nanofabrication of Electronics Devices (pp. 63–95). New York, NY: 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
Andrews, R. (2016, July 14). CryoSat Reveals Dramatic Ice Loss From Greenland. 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. (2003). Commercial Aviation: Issues Regarding Federal Assistance for Enhancing Air Service to Small Communities (No. GAO-03-540T). 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
Purdioux, L. (2015). Predicting deception detection ability based on the concept of self-compassionate personality trait, openness personality structure, and agreeableness personality structure (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
Kelly, K. (2004, January 18). New Concern That Politeness Is a Lost Art in the Office. New York Times, p. 101.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Theissen 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Di Paolo and De Camilli 2006; Theissen 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Di Paolo and De Camilli 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Huang et al. 2001)

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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