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
Nossal, G. J. V. (2004). Mentors and manipulation. Nature, 429(6994), 811.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bard, E., & Rickaby, R. E. M. (2009). Migration of the subtropical front as a modulator of glacial climate. Nature, 460(7253), 380–383.
A journal article with 3 authors
Couch, F. J., Nathanson, K. L., & Offit, K. (2014). Two decades after BRCA: setting paradigms in personalized cancer care and prevention. Science (New York, N.Y.), 343(6178), 1466–1470.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mastrogiovanni, D. D. T., Mayer, J., Wan, A. S., Vishnyakov, A., Neimark, A. V., Podzorov, V., … Garfunkel, E. (2014). Oxygen incorporation in rubrene single crystals. Scientific Reports, 4, 4753.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wu, Z. (2007). Software VNA and Microwave Network Design and Characterisation. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Presutti, L., & Mattioli, F. (Eds.). (2016). Endoscopic Surgery of the Lacrimal Drainage System (1st ed. 2016). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Taylor, P., Ni, P., Liu, K., Guo, S., Zhao, Z., Li, Y., & Zhang, H. (2016). Social Research Finding TWO: Business Success Stories and Inspiration. In P. Ni & K. Liu (Eds.), Global Research of Cities: A Case of Chengdu (pp. 91–170). Singapore: 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
Hamilton, K. (2016, May 18). FDA Warns Common Food Ingredient Can Be Fatal To Dogs. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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). Energy Research: Opportunities Exist to Recover Federal Investment in Technology Development Projects (No. RCED-96-141). 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
Bui, L. (2017). Mind Over Matter Telepsychiatry (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Hodara, S. (2015, December 27). Exploring Gender as Disguise and Identity. New York Times, p. CT10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cleland, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Marine, 2010; Quintana-Murci, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Bard & Rickaby, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Couch, Nathanson, & Offit, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Lachke et al., 2011)

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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