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
Kemp, M. (2005). From science in art to the art of science. Nature, 434(7031), 308–309.
A journal article with 2 authors
Raine, N. E., & Gill, R. J. (2015). Ecology: Tasteless pesticides affect bees in the field. Nature, 521(7550), 38–40.
A journal article with 3 authors
Barth, J. V., Costantini, G., & Kern, K. (2005). Engineering atomic and molecular nanostructures at surfaces. Nature, 437(7059), 671–679.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Fujiwara, T., Bandi, M., Nitta, M., Ivanova, E. V., Bronson, R. T., & Pellman, D. (2005). Cytokinesis failure generating tetraploids promotes tumorigenesis in p53-null cells. Nature, 437(7061), 1043–1047.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Berk, J. (2010). Cost Reduction and Optimization for Manufacturing and Industrial Companies. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Sattar, A., & Kang, B.-H. (Eds.). (2006). AI 2006: Advances in Artificial Intelligence: 19th Australian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Hobart, Australia, December 4-8, 2006. Proceedings (Vol. 4304). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Ziegler, G. M., & Vogt, T. (2012). Mathematics for the People. In E. Behrends, N. Crato, & J. F. Rodrigues (Eds.), Raising Public Awareness of Mathematics (pp. 37–46). 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 Psychology.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2016, November 7). Insect Bites Reveal Recovery From Dinosaur Extinction. 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. (2015). Federal Student Loans: Education Could Do More to Help Ensure Borrowers Are Aware of Repayment and Forgiveness Options (GAO-15-663). 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
Wolzinger, R. (2010). Strengthening Career and Technical Education in the California Community College System during the financial and labor market crisis [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
Silver, N. (2012, July 18). Let’s Play Medalball! New York Times, MM40.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kemp, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Kemp, 2005; Raine & Gill, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Raine & Gill, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Barth et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Fujiwara et al., 2005)

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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