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
Rausher, M. D. (2001). Co-evolution and plant resistance to natural enemies. Nature, 411(6839), 857–864.
A journal article with 2 authors
Li, D., & Caffrey, M. (2014). Renaturing membrane proteins in the lipid cubic phase, a nanoporous membrane mimetic. Scientific Reports, 4, 5806.
A journal article with 3 authors
Song, C., Wang, P., & Makse, H. A. (2008). A phase diagram for jammed matter. Nature, 453(7195), 629–632.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, M., Dong, Y., Zhao, Q., Wang, F., Liu, K., Jiang, B., & Fang, X. (2014). Identification of the role of a MAP kinase Tmk2 in Hypocrea jecorina (Trichoderma reesei). Scientific Reports, 4, 6732.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hackshaw, A. (2014). A Concise Guide to Observational Studies in Healthcare. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Agresta, F., Campanile, F. C., Anania, G., & Bergamini, C. (Eds.). (2016). Emergency Laparoscopy. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Chue, K. L. (2015). Examining the Influence of the Big Five Personality Traits on the Relationship Between Autonomy, Motivation and Academic Achievement in the Twenty-First-Century Learner. In C. Koh (Ed.), Motivation, Leadership and Curriculum design: Engaging the Net Generation and 21st Century Learners (pp. 37–52). 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, E. (2015, February 4). Can Americans Have Both Environmental Preservation And Expanded Oil Drilling? 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. (2004). Space Shuttle: Costs for Hubble Servicing Mission and Implementation of Safety Recommendations Not Yet Definitive (GAO-05-34). 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
Panjabi, C. (2010). Real and imagined immigrant identities in the public sphere: Representations of South Asian women in literary and television media [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
Dwyer, K. P. (2005, October 2). Taking Action Against Discrimination. New York Times, 103.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rausher, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Li & Caffrey, 2014; Rausher, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Li & Caffrey, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Song et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wang et al., 2014)

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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