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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Educational 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
Ramirez, A. P. (2007). Applied physics. Oxide electronics emerge. Science (New York, N.Y.), 315(5817), 1377–1378.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sigala, N., & Logothetis, N. K. (2002). Visual categorization shapes feature selectivity in the primate temporal cortex. Nature, 415(6869), 318–320.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tarduno, J. A., Cottrell, R. D., & Smirnov, A. V. (2001). High geomagnetic intensity during the mid-Cretaceous from Thellier analyses of single plagioclase crystals. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5509), 1779–1783.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Turner, J., Lachlan-Cope, T. A., Colwell, S., Marshall, G. J., & Connolley, W. M. (2006). Significant warming of the Antarctic winter troposphere. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5769), 1914–1917.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chow, S.-C., & Liu, J.-P. (2005). Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials: Concepts and Methodologies. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Studer, U. E. (Ed.). (2015). Keys to Successful Orthotopic Bladder Substitution. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Snarskii, A. A., Bezsudnov, I. V., Sevryukov, V. A., Morozovskiy, A., & Malinsky, J. (2016). Effective Conductivity of Percolation Media. In I. V. Bezsudnov, V. A. Sevryukov, A. Morozovskiy, & J. Malinsky (Eds.), Transport Processes in Macroscopically Disordered Media: From Mean Field Theory to Percolation (pp. 47–75). 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 Educational Psychology.

Blog post
Taub, B. (2016, July 20). How Well You Do In School Depends More On Your DNA Than Your Determination, Study Finds. 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. (1990). Amtrak: Limited Income From the Revenue Enhancement Program (RCED-90-76). 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
Boudreau, P. D. (2015). Orthogonality in Natural Products Workflows [Doctoral dissertation]. University of California San Diego.

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
Kelly, K. (2017, August 26). James Staley’s Series of Unfortunate Events. New York Times, BU1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ramirez, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Ramirez, 2007; Sigala & Logothetis, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Sigala & Logothetis, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Tarduno et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Turner et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Educational Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Educ. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0022-0663
ISSN (online)1939-2176
ScopeDevelopmental and Educational Psychology

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