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
Taylor, P. (2008). Personal genomes: when consent gets in the way. Nature, 456(7218), 32–33.
A journal article with 2 authors
Guy-Grand, D., & Vassalli, P. (2004). Immunology. Tracing an orphan’s genealogy. Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5681), 185–187.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lape, R., Colquhoun, D., & Sivilotti, L. G. (2008). On the nature of partial agonism in the nicotinic receptor superfamily. Nature, 454(7205), 722–727.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kang, D., Dai, J., Sun, H., Hou, Y., & Yuan, J. (2013). Quantum simulation of thermally-driven phase transition and oxygen K-edge x-ray absorption of high-pressure ice. Scientific Reports, 3, 3272.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gottlieb, I. (2009). Next Generation Excel. John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Rebstock, M. (2008). Ontologies-Based Business Integration (J. Fengel & H. Paulheim, Eds.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Luu, V.-T., Ripken, M., Forestier, G., Fondement, F., & Muller, P.-A. (2016). Using Glocal Event Alignment for Comparing Sequences of Significantly Different Lengths. In P. Perner (Ed.), Machine Learning and Data Mining in Pattern Recognition: 12th International Conference, MLDM 2016, New York, NY, USA, July 16-21, 2016, Proceedings (pp. 58–72). Springer International Publishing.

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
Andrews, R. (2016, June 7). Google’s Self-Driving Car Now Knows When To Honk Its Horn. 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. (2009). Next Generation Air Transportation System: FAA Faces Challenges in Responding to Task Force Recommendations (GAO-10-188T). 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
Moreau, G. A. (2009). Touch and psychotherapy: A journey to the depths of the unconscious and back again [Doctoral dissertation]. Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Rosenberg, E. (2016, March 5). Louise Rennison, 64, Young-Adult Author. New York Times, D8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Taylor, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Guy-Grand & Vassalli, 2004; Taylor, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Guy-Grand & Vassalli, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Lape et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kang et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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