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
Hastings, A. (2003). Metapopulation persistence with age-dependent disturbance or succession. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5639), 1525–1526.
A journal article with 2 authors
French, S. W., & Romanowicz, B. (2015). Broad plumes rooted at the base of the Earth’s mantle beneath major hotspots. Nature, 525(7567), 95–99.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kieffer, H. H., Christensen, P. R., & Titus, T. N. (2006). CO2 jets formed by sublimation beneath translucent slab ice in Mars’ seasonal south polar ice cap. Nature, 442(7104), 793–796.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Peluso, I., Manafikhi, H., Altieri, F., Zanza, C., & Palmery, M. (2014). The effect of sample storage on the Peroxidation of Leukocytes Index Ratio (PLIR) measure. Scientific Reports, 4, 6539.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kazimierczuk, M. (2013). High-Frequency Magnetic Components. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Carrillo, D., de Moraes, G. J., & Peña, J. E. (Eds.). (2015). Prospects for Biological Control of Plant Feeding Mites and Other Harmful Organisms (Vol. 19). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
John, L., & Ramesh, A. (2016). Modeling the Barriers of Humanitarian Supply Chain Management in India. In B. S. Sahay, S. Gupta, & V. C. Menon (Eds.), Managing Humanitarian Logistics (pp. 61–82). New Delhi: Springer India.

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
Taub, B. (2016, June 15). New Study Reveals How The Brain Adjusts To Alcoholism. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1988). Financial Reporting: NASA Can Improve Compliance With GAO Standards and Treasury Requirements (No. AFMD-88-21). Washington, DC: 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
Barrios, G. (2012). Outreach program to address the unmet needs of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans: A grant proposal (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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, August 10). Planetarium. New York Times, p. C7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hastings, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (French & Romanowicz, 2015; Hastings, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (French & Romanowicz, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Kieffer, Christensen, & Titus, 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Peluso, Manafikhi, Altieri, Zanza, & Palmery, 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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