How to format your references using the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Varmus, H. (2006). The new era in cancer research. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5777), 1162–1165.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gómez, P., & Buckling, A. (2011). Bacteria-phage antagonistic coevolution in soil. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6025), 106–109.
A journal article with 3 authors
Semmann, D., Krambeck, H.-J., & Milinski, M. (2003). Volunteering leads to rock-paper-scissors dynamics in a public goods game. Nature, 425(6956), 390–393.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Perozo, E., Cortes, D. M., Sompornpisut, P., Kloda, A., & Martinac, B. (2002). Open channel structure of MscL and the gating mechanism of mechanosensitive channels. Nature, 418(6901), 942–948.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Metzger, R. M. (2012). The Physical Chemist’s Toolbox. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Terano, T., Kita, H., Deguchi, H., & Kijima, K. (Eds.). (2007). Agent-Based Approaches in Economic and Social Complex Systems IV: Post-Proceedings of The AESCS International Workshop 2005 (Vol. 3). Tokyo: Springer Japan.
A chapter in an edited book
Acquah, B., Kapunda, S., & Legwegoh, A. (2016). Rapid Economic Growth and Urban Food Insecurity. In J. Crush & J. Battersby (Eds.), Rapid Urbanisation, Urban Food Deserts and Food Security in Africa (pp. 59–69). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2017, April 4). New Horizons Is Now Halfway Between Pluto And Its Next Target In The Outer Solar System. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (2012). Pipeline Safety:Collecting Data and Sharing Information on Federally Unregulated Gathering Pipelines Could Help Enhance Safety (No. GAO-12-388). 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
Truong, T. (2012). Microfluidics-based system for high-throughput analysis of nitrite in harbor water (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
Steinmetz, P. by G. (2014, September 19). Let a Hundred McMansions Bloom. New York Times, p. MM51.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Varmus 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Gómez and Buckling 2011; Varmus 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Gómez and Buckling 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Perozo et al. 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
AbbreviationJ. Clin. Psychol. Med. Settings
ISSN (print)1068-9583
ISSN (online)1573-3572
ScopeClinical Psychology

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