How to format your references using the Journal of Counseling Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Counseling 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
Kazilek, C. (2010). SPORE series winner. Got a question? “Ask A Biologist.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6008), 1192–1193.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schofield, R. M. S., & Nesson, M. H. (2003). Comment on “High abrasion resistance with sparse mineralization: copper biomineral in worm jaws.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5636), 1049; author reply 1049.
A journal article with 3 authors
Polikanov, Y. S., Blaha, G. M., & Steitz, T. A. (2012). How hibernation factors RMF, HPF, and YfiA turn off protein synthesis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6083), 915–918.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mount, A. S., Wheeler, A. P., Paradkar, R. P., & Snider, D. (2004). Hemocyte-mediated shell mineralization in the eastern oyster. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5668), 297–300.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Godwin, W. (2013). International Construction Contracts. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Dwivedi, Y. K., Mäntymäki, M., Ravishankar, M. N., Janssen, M., Clement, M., Slade, E. L., Rana, N. P., Al-Sharhan, S., & Simintiras, A. C. (Eds.). (2016). Social Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 15th IFIP WG 6.11 Conference on e-Business, e-Services, and e-Society, I3E 2016, Swansea, UK, September 13–15, 2016, Proceedings (Vol. 9844). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Kleinpoppen, H., Lohmann, B., & Grum-Grzhimailo, A. N. (2013). Complete Experiments in Atomic Photoionization. In B. Lohmann & A. N. Grum-Grzhimailo (Eds.), Perfect/Complete Scattering Experiments: Probing Quantum Mechanics on Atomic and Molecular Collisions and Coincidences (pp. 201–292). 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 Counseling Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, February 25). Why You Shouldn’t Get Too Excited About The Mars One Mission. 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. (1983). Information Regarding the Effect of Applying the Representative Tax System to the General Revenue Sharing, Medicaid, and Vocational Education Programs (GGD-83-106). 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
Zacher, B. (2013). The roles of electrode contacts in organic photovoltaics [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Arizona.

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
McWHORTER, J. (2017, January 21). How to Listen to Donald Trump Every Day for Years. New York Times, SR1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kazilek, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Kazilek, 2010; Schofield & Nesson, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Schofield & Nesson, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Polikanov et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Mount et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Counseling Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Couns. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0022-0167
ISSN (online)1939-2168
ScopeGeneral Medicine
Psychiatry and Mental health
Clinical Psychology
Social Psychology

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