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
Delude, C. M. (2015). Deep phenotyping: The details of disease. Nature, 527(7576), S14-5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Collins, F. S., & Manolio, T. A. (2007). Merging and emerging cohorts: necessary but not sufficient. Nature, 445(7125), 259.
A journal article with 3 authors
Perner, J., Mauer, M. C., & Hildenbrand, M. (2011). Identity: key to children’s understanding of belief. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6041), 474–477.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yan, H., Yu, H., Xing, W., Xiao, Y., Zhang, H., Pei, L., Zhang, N., & Jiang, Y. (2014). Development of a proficiency testing program for the HIV-1 BED incidence assay in China. Scientific Reports, 4, 4512.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Scheer, J. (2010). Failed Bridges. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Bennett, G. (2011). Objective-C for Absolute Beginners: iPhone, iPad, and Mac Programming Made Easy (M. Fisher & B. Lees, Eds.; Second Editon). Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Czinglar, C., Katicic, A., Kčhler, K., & Schaner-Wolles, C. (2006). Strategies in the L1-acquisition of predication: The copula construction in German and Croatian. In N. Gagarina & I. Gulzow (Eds.), The Acquisition of Verbs and their Grammar: The Effect of Particular Languages (pp. 71–104). 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 Latina/o Psychology.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, October 22). Oldest Human Genome Sequenced Reveals Neanderthal Mixing. 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. (1983). Noncitizen Student Loan Defaults (HRD-83-29). 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
Baudy, A. R. (2010). Efficacy of glucocorticoids in muscular dystrophy: Signaling, hormonal activities, and muscle inflammation [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
Otis, J. (2017, September 9). Academy Eases the Angst of Adolescent Refugees. 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 (Delude, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Collins & Manolio, 2007; Delude, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Collins & Manolio, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Perner et al., 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Yan et al., 2014)

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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