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
Russo, E. (2003). The birth of biotechnology. Nature, 421(6921), 456–457.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rivera, M. C., & Lake, J. A. (2004). The ring of life provides evidence for a genome fusion origin of eukaryotes. Nature, 431(7005), 152–155.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fiske, S. T., Harris, L. T., & Cuddy, A. J. C. (2004). Social psychology. Why ordinary people torture enemy prisoners. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5701), 1482–1483.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Bernskoetter, W. H., Schauer, C. K., Goldberg, K. I., & Brookhart, M. (2009). Characterization of a rhodium(I) sigma-methane complex in solution. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5952), 553–556.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dubuisson, S. (2015). Tracking with Particle Filter for High-Dimensional Observation and State Spaces. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Rozema, J., Aerts, R., & Cornelissen, H. (Eds.). (2006). Plants and Climate Change (Vol. 41). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Lissoni, P. (2014). Melatonin in Human Cancer: Therapeutic Possibilities. In V. Srinivasan, A. Brzezinski, S. Oter, & S. D. Shillcutt (Eds.), Melatonin and Melatonergic Drugs in Clinical Practice (pp. 43–56). Springer India.

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. (2014, April 5). Major Breakthrough Made In Stem Cell Research. 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. (2001). D.C. Tuition Assistance Grants: Program May Increase College Choices, but a Few Program Procedures May Hinder Grant Receipt for Some Residents (GAO-02-265). 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
Carter, C. A. (2008). The Panhellenic Project: Assessing learning engagement using Web 2.0 technologies [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine 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
Chira, S. (2016, September 24). Can She Keep You Safe? New York Times, SR6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Russo, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Rivera & Lake, 2004; Russo, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Rivera & Lake, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Fiske et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Bernskoetter 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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