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
Brown, J. R. (2014). Climate science: El Niño’s variable history. Nature, 515(7528), 494–495.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hillaire-Marcel, C., & de Vernal, A. (2008). Comment on “Mixed-layer deepening during Heinrich events: a multi-planktonic foraminiferal delta18O approach.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5880), 1161; author reply 1161.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ravi, M., Marimuthu, M. P. A., & Siddiqi, I. (2008). Gamete formation without meiosis in Arabidopsis. Nature, 451(7182), 1121–1124.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kuroda, D. G., Singh, C. P., Peng, Z., & Kleiman, V. D. (2009). Mapping excited-state dynamics by coherent control of a dendrimer’s photoemission efficiency. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5950), 263–267.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gadd, K. (2016). TRIZ für Ingenieure. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Stephanidis, C. (Ed.). (2009). Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Addressing Diversity: 5th International Conference, UAHCI 2009, Held as Part of HCI International 2009, San Diego, CA, USA, July 19-24, 2009. Proceedings, Part I (Vol. 5614). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Sato, T., & Kameya, Y. (2008). New Advances in Logic-Based Probabilistic Modeling by PRISM. In L. D. Raedt, P. Frasconi, K. Kersting, & S. Muggleton (Eds.), Probabilistic Inductive Logic Programming: Theory and Applications (pp. 118–155). 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 Family Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2017, March 4). How We Discovered The World’s Oldest Fossils. 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. (2012). Information Technology: DHS Needs to Further Define and Implement Its New Governance Process (GAO-12-818). 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
Rodriguez, P. J. (2013). “Stepping stones”: Empowering mental health patients through connections with significant others: A grant proposal [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Neuman, W. (2015, August 27). Fleeing an Uncertain Future in Venezuela. New York Times, A4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Brown, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Brown, 2014; Hillaire-Marcel & de Vernal, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Hillaire-Marcel & de Vernal, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Ravi et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kuroda et al., 2009)

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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