How to format your references using the Journal of Latina/o Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Latina/o 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Aho, A. V. (2004). Software and the future of programming languages. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5662), 1331–1333.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ash, C., & Jasny, B. R. (2005). Trypanosomatid genomes. Introduction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5733), 399.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wada-Katsumata, A., Silverman, J., & Schal, C. (2013). Changes in taste neurons support the emergence of an adaptive behavior in cockroaches. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6135), 972–975.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yin, H.-S., Wen, X., Paterson, R. G., Lamb, R. A., & Jardetzky, T. S. (2006). Structure of the parainfluenza virus 5 F protein in its metastable, prefusion conformation. Nature, 439(7072), 38–44.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bakus, G. J. (2007). Quantitative Analysis of Marine Biological Communities. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hibbert, K. M., Chhem, R. K., Deven, T. van, & Wang, S.-C. (Eds.). (2012). Radiology Education: The Evaluation and Assessment of Clinical Competence. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Rønning, H. (2016). How Much Soft Power Does China Have in Africa? In X. Zhang, H. Wasserman, & W. Mano (Eds.), China’s Media and Soft Power in Africa: Promotion and Perceptions (pp. 65–78). Palgrave Macmillan US.

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 Latina/o Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, July 2). New Models Suggest Universe Will Eventually Rip Itself Apart. 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. (2002). Airport Infrastructure: Unresolved Issues Make It Difficult to Determine the Cost to Serve New Large Aircraft (GAO-02-251). 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
Claar, P. L. (2017). A Correlational Study Comparing the Relationship between School Leader Intercultural Development, Selected Demographic Variables, and Student Achievement [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
Green, L. V. (2006, December 10). Beds of State. New York Times, 1413.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Aho, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Aho, 2004; Ash & Jasny, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Ash & Jasny, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Wada-Katsumata et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Yin et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Latina/o Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Lat. Psychol.
ISSN (print)2168-1678
ISSN (online)2163-0070

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