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
Siomi, M. C. (2009). Journal club. A biologist praises a mouse model of autism inheritance. Nature, 461(7263), 451.
A journal article with 2 authors
Deng, X. H., & Matsumoto, H. (2001). Rapid magnetic reconnection in the Earth’s magnetosphere mediated by whistler waves. Nature, 410(6828), 557–560.
A journal article with 3 authors
Harvey, J. A., Corley, L. S., & Strand, M. R. (2000). Competition induces adaptive shifts in caste ratios of a polyembryonic wasp. Nature, 406(6792), 183–186.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lima, M. D., Fang, S., Lepró, X., Lewis, C., Ovalle-Robles, R., Carretero-González, J., Castillo-Martínez, E., Kozlov, M. E., Oh, J., Rawat, N., Haines, C. S., Haque, M. H., Aare, V., Stoughton, S., Zakhidov, A. A., & Baughman, R. H. (2011). Biscrolling nanotube sheets and functional guests into yarns. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6013), 51–55.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Murthy, D. N. P., Kurvinen, M., & Töyrylä, I. (2016). Warranty Fraud Management: Reducing Fraud and Other Excess Costs in Warranty and Service Operations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Vieira, M., & Ho, P. (Eds.). (2008). Experiments in Unit Operations and Processing of Foods (Vol. 5). Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Richards, H., & Swanger, J. (2009). Culture Change: A Practical Method with a Theoretical Basis. In J. de Rivera (Ed.), Handbook on Building Cultures of Peace (pp. 57–70). 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 Latina/o Psychology.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2014, March 11). New Tool Coming In Hunt For Alien Life. 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. (1990). Motor Vehicle Safety: Information on Accidental Fires in Manufacturing Air Bag Propellant (RCED-90-230). 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
Pelletier, J. M. (2017). Effects of Data Breaches on Sector-Wide Systematic Risk in Financial, Technology, Healthcare and Services Sectors [Doctoral dissertation]. Capella 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
Vecsey, G. (2017, February 11). Fixing What Ain’t Broke? That’s Ruinous. New York Times, D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Siomi, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Deng & Matsumoto, 2001; Siomi, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Deng & Matsumoto, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Harvey et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Lima et al., 2011)

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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