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
Elvis, M. (2014). Astronomy: Cosmic triangles and black-hole masses. Nature, 515(7528), 498–499.
A journal article with 2 authors
Flatt, T., & Promislow, D. E. L. (2007). Physiology. Still pondering an age-old question. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5854), 1255–1256.
A journal article with 3 authors
Shahabi, A., Wang, H., & Upmanyu, M. (2014). Shaping van der Waals nanoribbons via torsional constraints: scrolls, folds and supercoils. Scientific Reports, 4, 7004.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lu, K., Heng, X., Garyu, L., Monti, S., Garcia, E. L., Kharytonchyk, S., … Summers, M. F. (2011). NMR detection of structures in the HIV-1 5’-leader RNA that regulate genome packaging. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6053), 242–245.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stanley, W., & Pamela, B. (2017). The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Badonnel, R., Koch, R., Pras, A., Drašar, M., & Stiller, B. (Eds.). (2016). Management and Security in the Age of Hyperconnectivity: 10th IFIP WG 6.6 International Conference on Autonomous Infrastructure, Management, and Security, AIMS 2016, Munich, Germany, June 20-23, 2016, Proceedings (Vol. 9701). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Heyde, L. (2005). The Unsatisfied Enlightenment Faith and Pure Insight in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. In W. Desmond, E.-O. Onnasch, & P. Cruysberghs (Eds.), Philosophy and Religion in German Idealism (pp. 71–79). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 6). From Cucumber To Plague-Causing Bacteria, Scientists Examine DNA In New York Subways. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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). Experimental Schools Program: Opportunities To Improve the Management of an Educational Research Program (No. MWD-76-64). 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
Lutchman, C. (2008). Leadership impact on turnover among power engineers in the Oil Sands of Alberta (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Walsh, M. W. (2016, May 10). A Harbinger of U.S. Woes. New York Times, p. B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Elvis, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Elvis, 2014; Flatt & Promislow, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Flatt & Promislow, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Shahabi, Wang, & Upmanyu, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Lu et al., 2011)

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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