How to format your references using the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 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
Littlewood P: Physics. Condensates made of light. Science 316:989–990, 2007.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rampino MR, Caldeira K: Comment on “Atmospheric PCO₂ perturbations associated with the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province.” Science 334:594; author reply 594, 2011.
A journal article with 3 authors
Erol V, Ozaydin F, Altintas AA: Analysis of entanglement measures and LOCC maximized quantum Fisher information of general two qubit systems. Sci Rep 4:5422, 2014.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Dobrosotskaya IY, Seegmiller AC, Brown MS, Goldstein JL, Rawson RB: Regulation of SREBP processing and membrane lipid production by phospholipids in Drosophila. Science 296:879–883, 2002.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Barnes BK: Exercising Influence. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2015.
An edited book
Griebel M, Schweitzer MA (eds): Meshfree Methods for Partial Differential Equations IV. Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Remacle J-F, Toulorge T, Lambrechts J: Robust Untangling of Curvilinear Meshes. In: Proceedings of the 21st International Meshing Roundtable. Edited by Jiao X and Weill J-C. Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer, 2013, pp 71–83.

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 Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

Blog post
O`Callaghan J: AI Can Now “Draw” Humans - And It’s Absolutely Horrifying. IFLScience, 2017.


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: Aviation Assistance: Information on Payments Made Under the Disaster Relief and Insurance Reimbursement Programs. Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office, 2003.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Coleman KM: Parent involvement in the promotion of healthy outcomes for young girls: A grant writing project. 2015.

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
Markoff J, Rosenberg M: China’s Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter. New York Times BU1, 2017.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Littlewood 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Littlewood 2007; Rampino and Caldeira 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Rampino and Caldeira 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Dobrosotskaya et al. 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
AbbreviationJ. Child Adolesc. Psychopharmacol.
ISSN (print)1044-5463
ISSN (online)1557-8992
ScopePediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
Pharmacology (medical)
Psychiatry and Mental health

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