How to format your references using the Journal of School Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of School 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
Frazzetto, G. (2012). Neuroscience: Powerful acts. Nature, 482(7386), 466–467.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yu, T., & Eberly, J. H. (2009). Sudden death of entanglement. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5914), 598–601.
A journal article with 3 authors
James, A., Pitchford, J. W., & Plank, M. J. (2013). James et al. reply. Nature, 500(7463), E2-3.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sironi, L., Bouzin, M., Inverso, D., D’Alfonso, L., Pozzi, P., Cotelli, F., Guidotti, L. G., Iannacone, M., Collini, M., & Chirico, G. (2014). In vivo flow mapping in complex vessel networks by single image correlation. Scientific Reports, 4, 7341.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
De Larminat, P. (2014). Climate Change. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Chakraborty, T. (Ed.). (2007). Charge Migration in DNA: Perspectives from Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Musat, D., Castaño, V., Calvo-Manzano, J. A., & Garbajosa, J. (2010). MATURE: A Model Driven bAsed Tool to Automatically Generate a langUage That suppoRts CMMI Process Areas spEcification. In A. Riel, R. O’Connor, S. Tichkiewitch, & R. Messnarz (Eds.), Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement: 17th European Conference, EuroSPI 2010, Grenoble, France, September 1-3, 2010. Proceedings (pp. 48–59). 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 School Psychology.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2017, February 1). A Dolphin Photographed Wearing A T-Shirt Worries Australian Wildlife Rangers. 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. (2005). No Child Left Behind Act: Improved Accessibility to Education’s Information Could Help States Further Implement Teacher Qualification Requirements (GAO-06-25). 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
Sundell, M. (2009). From fine art to fashion: Man Ray’s ambivalent avant-garde [Doctoral dissertation]. Columbia 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
Rosenbloom, S., & Billard, M. (2010, September 16). A Night to Ring Up Some Good Will. New York Times, E8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Frazzetto, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Frazzetto, 2012; Yu & Eberly, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Yu & Eberly, 2009)
  • Three authors: (James et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Sironi et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of School Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Sch. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0022-4405
ScopeDevelopmental and Educational Psychology

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