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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Family 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
Oster, G. (2002). Brownian ratchets: Darwin’s motors. Nature, 417(6884), 25.
A journal article with 2 authors
Oppo, D. W., & Rosenthal, Y. (2010). Oceans. The great Indo-Pacific communicator. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5985), 1492–1494.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nykypanchuk, D., Strey, H. H., & Hoagland, D. A. (2002). Brownian motion of DNA confined within a two-dimensional array. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5583), 987–990.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Nioche, P., Berka, V., Vipond, J., Minton, N., Tsai, A.-L., & Raman, C. S. (2004). Femtomolar sensitivity of a NO sensor from Clostridium botulinum. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5701), 1550–1553.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Levene, M. (2010). An Introduction to Search Engines and Web Navigation. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Liñán Reyes, M., Flores Arias, J. M., González de la Rosa, J. J., Langer, J., Bellido Outeiriño, F. J., & Moreno-Munñoz, A. (Eds.). (2012). IT Revolutions: Third International ICST Conference, Córdoba, Spain, March 23-25, 2011, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 82). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Chapin, J. K. (2008). Hardware Implementation. In J. K. Chapin, G. A. Gerhardt, D. J. McFarland, J. C. Principe, W. V. Soussou, D. M. Taylor, & P. A. Tresco (Eds.), Brain-Computer Interfaces: An International Assessment of Research and Development Trends (pp. 65–79). 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 Family Psychology.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2017, February 14). The Earth’s Inner Core Is Structured Like A “Deck Of Cards.” 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. (2007). Federal Aviation Administration: Challenges Facing the Agency in Fiscal Year 2008 and Beyond (No. GAO-07-490T). 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
Ramirez, E. Y. (2015). Barriers to access to health care among Latino immigrants in the United States: A quantitative study (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2014, January 6). Crack Cocaine Limbo. New York Times, p. A19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Oster, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Oppo & Rosenthal, 2010; Oster, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Oppo & Rosenthal, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Nykypanchuk, Strey, & Hoagland, 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Nioche et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Family Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Fam. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0893-3200
ISSN (online)1939-1293
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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