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
Faist, J. (2000). APPLIED PHYSICS: Smaller, Faster Midinfrared Lasers. Science (New York, N.Y.), 290(5497), 1713–1714.
A journal article with 2 authors
Khudiyev, T., & Bayindir, M. (2014). Superenhancers: novel opportunities for nanowire optoelectronics. Scientific Reports, 4, 7505.
A journal article with 3 authors
Martin, A. C., Kaschube, M., & Wieschaus, E. F. (2009). Pulsed contractions of an actin-myosin network drive apical constriction. Nature, 457(7228), 495–499.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yokoyama, T., Yokoyama, S., Kamikado, T., Okuno, Y., & Mashiko, S. (2001). Selective assembly on a surface of supramolecular aggregates with controlled size and shape. Nature, 413(6856), 619–621.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Allsopp, W. (2017). Advanced Penetration Testing. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Howe, R., Hunziker, M., & Willenbring, J. F. (Eds.). (2014). Symmetry: Representation Theory and Its Applications: In Honor of Nolan R. Wallach (Vol. 257). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Azzag, H., Ratsimba, D., Da Costa, D., Guinot, C., & Venturini, G. (2006). On Building Maps of Web Pages with a Cellular Automaton. In Y. Pan, F. J. Rammig, H. Schmeck, & M. Solar (Eds.), Biologically Inspired Cooperative Computing: IFIP 19th World Computer Congress, TC 10: 1st IFIP International Conference on Biologically Inspired Computing, August 21–24, 2006, Santiago, Chile (pp. 33–42). Springer US.

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
Carpineti, A. (2016, May 18). Hubble Snaps Incredible Photos of Nearby Comet. 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. (1976). Legality of the Reported Use by the Energy Research and Development Administration of Certain Fossil Energy Funds for Contracts (B-178205.80). 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
Janice, J. (2017). Preschoolers’ Prosocial Responding to Social Others’ Distress [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Louisiana.

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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017, June 15). Lost in Paris. New York Times, C7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Faist, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Faist, 2000; Khudiyev & Bayindir, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Khudiyev & Bayindir, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Martin et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Yokoyama et al., 2001)

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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