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
Kolodner, R. D. (2000). Guarding against mutation. Nature, 407(6805), 687, 689.
A journal article with 2 authors
Spradling, A. C., & Zheng, Y. (2007). Developmental biology. The mother of all stem cells? Science (New York, N.Y.), 315(5811), 469–470.
A journal article with 3 authors
Paniello, R. C., Day, J. M. D., & Moynier, F. (2012). Zinc isotopic evidence for the origin of the Moon. Nature, 490(7420), 376–379.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, Y., Rogado, N. S., Cava, R. J., & Ong, N. P. (2003). Spin entropy as the likely source of enhanced thermopower in Na(x)Co2O4. Nature, 423(6938), 425–428.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Strohfeldt, K. A. (2015). Essentials of Inorganic Chemistry. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Lasaponara, R., Masini, N., & Orefici, G. (Eds.). (2016). The Ancient Nasca World: New Insights from Science and Archaeology. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
McManus, R., & O’Reilly, G. (2016). Heritage Tourism and the Commodification of Contested Spaces: Ireland and the Battle of the Boyne Site. In G. Hooper (Ed.), Heritage and Tourism in Britain and Ireland (pp. 53–69). Palgrave Macmillan UK.

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. (2015, April 10). Early Human Diversity Underestimated. 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. (1995). USDA Telecommunications (AIMD-95-219R). 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
Dallara, A. (2017). The “femme-homme” of the French Revolution: Gender boundaries and masculinization [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017, February 2). An Attack’s Fresh Resonance. New York Times, C6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kolodner, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Kolodner, 2000; Spradling & Zheng, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Spradling & Zheng, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Paniello et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wang et al., 2003)

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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