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
Stone, E. C. (2001). Planetary science. News from the edge of interstellar space. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5527), 55–56.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schwämmle, V., & Herrmann, H. J. (2003). Geomorphology: solitary wave behaviour of sand dunes. Nature, 426(6967), 619–620.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sun, S., Ting, C.-T., & Wu, C.-I. (2004). The normal function of a speciation gene, Odysseus, and its hybrid sterility effect. Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5680), 81–83.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ahel, I., Rass, U., El-Khamisy, S. F., Katyal, S., Clements, P. M., McKinnon, P. J., Caldecott, K. W., & West, S. C. (2006). The neurodegenerative disease protein aprataxin resolves abortive DNA ligation intermediates. Nature, 443(7112), 713–716.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rider, M. J. (2015). Design and Analysis of Mechanisms. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Goldstein, R. V., & Maugin, G. A. (Eds.). (2005). Surface Waves in Anisotropic and Laminated Bodies and Defects Detection (Vol. 163). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Klöppel, G., & Smyrk, T. C. (2013). Histologic Features. In M. J. Levy & S. T. Chari (Eds.), Autoimmune (IgG4-related) Pancreatitis and Cholangitis (pp. 51–59). 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
Andrew, E. (2014, December 19). Why A Pill To Prevent HIV Is Causing Great Controversy. 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. (1990). El Salvador: Pipeline of U.S. Aid as of August 1990 (NSIAD-90-285FS). 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
Beal, M. E. (2013). Predictive qualities of social characteristics and social integration on altruistic outcomes [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
MacFARQUHAR, N., & Kramer, A. E. (2014, December 17). As the Ruble Swoons, Russians Desperately Shop. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Stone, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Schwämmle & Herrmann, 2003; Stone, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Schwämmle & Herrmann, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Sun et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ahel et al., 2006)

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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