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
Green, H. W., 2nd. (2001). Plate tectonics. A graveyard for buoyant slabs? Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5526), 2445–2446.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wei, J., & Tong, L. (2015). Crystal structure of the 500-kDa yeast acetyl-CoA carboxylase holoenzyme dimer. Nature, 526(7575), 723–727.
A journal article with 3 authors
Alexander, J. M., Diez, J. M., & Levine, J. M. (2015). Novel competitors shape species’ responses to climate change. Nature, 525(7570), 515–518.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chiti, F., Stefani, M., Taddei, N., Ramponi, G., & Dobson, C. M. (2003). Rationalization of the effects of mutations on peptide and protein aggregation rates. Nature, 424(6950), 805–808.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fingerloos, F., Hegger, J., & Zilch, K. (2016). EUROCODE 2 für Deutschland. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Selin, H. (Ed.). (2016). Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Zohuri, B., & Fathi, N. (2015). Laminar Incompressible Forced Convection. In N. Fathi (Ed.), Thermal-Hydraulic Analysis of Nuclear Reactors (pp. 117–181). 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 Counseling Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016, November 3). The Cosmic Crime-Scene Hunt For Clues On How Galaxies Are Formed. 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. (2015). National Institutes of Health: Better Oversight Needed to Help Ensure Continued Progress Including Women in Health Research (GAO-16-13). 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
Roberson, K. L. (2017). Patient and Family Engagement Initiative: A Quantitative Causal-Comparative Analysis [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Sisario, B. (2017, January 23). Sprint Throws a Cash Lifeline to Struggling Tidal. New York Times, B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Green, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Green, 2001; Wei & Tong, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Wei & Tong, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Alexander et al., 2015)
  • 6 or more authors: (Chiti et al., 2003)

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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