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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Abnormal 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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, J. (2011). Genome-sequencing anniversary. Personal genomes: for one and for all. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6018), 690.
A journal article with 2 authors
Aeppli, G., & Soh, Y. A. (2001). Physics Quantum criticality in a clean metal. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5541), 315–316.
A journal article with 3 authors
Aldaye, F. A., Palmer, A. L., & Sleiman, H. F. (2008). Assembling materials with DNA as the guide. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5897), 1795–1799.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ikebuchi, Y., Aoki, S., Honma, M., Hayashi, M., Sugamori, Y., Khan, M., Kariya, Y., Kato, G., Tabata, Y., Penninger, J. M., Udagawa, N., Aoki, K., & Suzuki, H. (2018). Coupling of bone resorption and formation by RANKL reverse signalling. Nature, 561(7722), 195–200.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Diels, J.-C., & Arissian, L. (2011). Lasers. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Iglesias, J., Fuentes, L., & Villanueva, R. (Eds.). (2014). Cephalopod Culture. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Ho, D. (2015). Nanodiamond-Based Chemotherapy and Imaging. In C. A. Mirkin, T. J. Meade, S. H. Petrosko, & A. H. Stegh (Eds.), Nanotechnology-Based Precision Tools for the Detection and Treatment of Cancer (pp. 85–102). 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 Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, May 20). Fish Can’t Have Sex With All That Traffic Noise. 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. (2003). Electronic Government: Progress and Challenges in Implementing the Office of Personnel Management’s Initiatives (GAO-03-1169T). 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
Tovar, L. (2009). Perceived life satisfaction of previously undocumented Latino immigrants [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
Kepner, T. (2017, October 10). Cubs Seize Control as Bloop Cancels Out Blunder. New York Times, B12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wang, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Aeppli & Soh, 2001; Wang, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Aeppli & Soh, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Aldaye et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ikebuchi et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Abnormal Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Abnorm. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0021-843X
ISSN (online)1939-1846
ScopeClinical Psychology

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