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
Kondro, W. (2000). CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES: Funding of 2000 Slots Sets Off Musical Chairs. Science (New York, N.Y.), 288(5474), 2112.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bashyam, R., & Zelenay, P. (2006). A class of non-precious metal composite catalysts for fuel cells. Nature, 443(7107), 63–66.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pfleiderer, C., Julian, S. R., & Lonzarich, G. G. (2001). Non-Fermi-liquid nature of the normal state of itinerant-electron ferromagnets. Nature, 414(6862), 427–430.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lo Celso, C., Fleming, H. E., Wu, J. W., Zhao, C. X., Miake-Lye, S., Fujisaki, J., Côté, D., Rowe, D. W., Lin, C. P., & Scadden, D. T. (2009). Live-animal tracking of individual haematopoietic stem/progenitor cells in their niche. Nature, 457(7225), 92–96.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mattu, A., Grossman, S. A., & Rosen, P. L. (2016). Geriatric Emergencies. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Whitacre, D. M. (Ed.). (2008). Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (Vol. 195). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Jensen, M. J., & Anstead, N. (2014). Campaigns and Social Media Communications: A Look at Digital Campaigning in the 2010 U.K. General Election. In B. Grofman, A. H. Trechsel, & M. Franklin (Eds.), The Internet and Democracy in Global Perspective: Voters, Candidates, Parties, and Social Movements (pp. 57–81). 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, E. (2015, July 29). Scientist At Work: Mathematician Collects Ocean And Glacier Data In The Field To Make Climate Models In The Lab. 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. (2011). Transportation Worker Identification Credential: Internal Control Weaknesses Need to Be Corrected to Help Achieve Security Objectives (GAO-11-648T). 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
Blandin, N. M. (2008). Re-conceptualizing leadership for an era of complexity and uncertainty: A case study of leadership in a complex adaptive system [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington University.

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
Brantley, B. (2017, May 22). A ‘Hamlet’ Poised Between Two Worlds. New York Times, C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kondro, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Bashyam & Zelenay, 2006; Kondro, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Bashyam & Zelenay, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Pfleiderer et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Lo Celso et al., 2009)

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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