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
Gregory, C. D. (2014). Cell biology: The disassembly of death. Nature, 507(7492), 312–313.
A journal article with 2 authors
Korb, M. A., & Thakkar, U. (2011). SPORE series winner. Facilitating scientific investigations and training data scientists. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6042), 534–535.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dame, R. T., Noom, M. C., & Wuite, G. J. L. (2006). Bacterial chromatin organization by H-NS protein unravelled using dual DNA manipulation. Nature, 444(7117), 387–390.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chan, S. W.-L., Zilberman, D., Xie, Z., Johansen, L. K., Carrington, J. C., & Jacobsen, S. E. (2004). RNA silencing genes control de novo DNA methylation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5662), 1336.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Girling, P. (2013). Operational Risk Management. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Gargaud, M., Irvine, W. M., Amils, R., Cleaves, H. J. (jim), Pinti, D. L., Quintanilla, J. C., Rouan, D., Spohn, T., Tirard, S., & Viso, M. (Eds.). (2015). Encyclopedia of Astrobiology. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kulikowski, J. L. (2005). The Role of Ontological Models in Pattern Recognition. In M. Kurzyński, E. Puchała, M. Woźniak, & A. żołnierek (Eds.), Computer Recognition Systems: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computer Recognition Systems CORES ’05 (pp. 43–52). 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. (2015, April 28). Astronomers Spot Galaxies Being Hurled From Clusters At Astonishing Speeds. 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. (1995). Advance Sheets: Volume 74, Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States (OGC-95-9). 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
Charoenphol, D. (2017). Using robust statistical methodology to evaluate the performance of project delivery systems: A case study of horizontal construction [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington University.

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
Steinmetz, P. by G. (2014, September 19). Let a Hundred McMansions Bloom. New York Times, MM51.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gregory, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Gregory, 2014; Korb & Thakkar, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Korb & Thakkar, 2011)
  • Three authors: (Dame et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Chan et al., 2004)

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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