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
Winzeler, E. A. (2008). Malaria research in the post-genomic era. Nature, 455(7214), 751–756.
A journal article with 2 authors
Laskar, J., & Gastineau, M. (2009). Existence of collisional trajectories of Mercury, Mars and Venus with the Earth. Nature, 459(7248), 817–819.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lamb, D., Erskine, P. D., & Parrotta, J. A. (2005). Restoration of degraded tropical forest landscapes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5754), 1628–1632.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ekimov, E. A., Sidorov, V. A., Bauer, E. D., Mel’nik, N. N., Curro, N. J., Thompson, J. D., & Stishov, S. M. (2004). Superconductivity in diamond. Nature, 428(6982), 542–545.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Coates, M., & Jenkins, B. (2010). Electrical Installation Calculations: For Compliance with BS 7671:2008. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Williams, S. K. R., & Caldwell, K. D. (Eds.). (2012). Field-Flow Fractionation in Biopolymer Analysis. Vienna: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Seredynski, M., Ignac, T., & Bouvry, P. (2010). Probabilistic Packet Relaying in Wireless Mobile Ad Hoc Networks. In R. Wyrzykowski, J. Dongarra, K. Karczewski, & J. Wasniewski (Eds.), Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics: 8th International Conference, PPAM 2009, Wroclaw, Poland, September 13-16, 2009. Revised Selected Papers, Part I (pp. 31–40). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Andrew, E. (2014, June 25). Quadriplegic Man Uses Thoughts To Move His Limb. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from IFLScience website:


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. (1983). GAO ADP Data Lines: Issue No. 1 (No. 122631). 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
Sinha, R. (2017). An Integrated Development Environment for the Clara Constraint-Programming Language (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
Vecsey, G. (2011, September 11). From the Men, A Few Highlights After the Deluge. New York Times, p. SP9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Winzeler, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Laskar & Gastineau, 2009; Winzeler, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Laskar & Gastineau, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Lamb, Erskine, & Parrotta, 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ekimov et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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