How to format your references using the Psicología Educativa citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Psicología Educativa. 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
Pollard, T. D. (2003). The cytoskeleton, cellular motility and the reductionist agenda. Nature, 422(6933), 741–745.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rice, W. R., & Chippindale, A. K. (2001). Sexual recombination and the power of natural selection. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5542), 555–559.
A journal article with 3 authors
Unal, E., Heidinger-Pauli, J. M., & Koshland, D. (2007). DNA double-strand breaks trigger genome-wide sister-chromatid cohesion through Eco1 (Ctf7). Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5835), 245–248.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kim, S.-J., Naruse, M., Aono, M., Ohtsu, M., & Hara, M. (2013). Decision maker based on nanoscale photo-excitation transfer. Scientific Reports, 3, 2370.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bai, Q., Bai, Y., & Ruan, W. (2017). Advances in Pipes and Pipelines. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Dong, L. (2012). Cryptographic Protocol: Security Analysis Based on Trusted Freshness (K. Chen, Ed.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gámez, J., Rosa, D., Alcántara, E., Montaner, A., Gutierrez, J. M., Comín, M., Vera, P., & Prat, J. (2006). Analysis of the Relationship Between Mechanical Properties and Players’ Perception of the Balls in a Spanish Traditional Sport: “La Pilota Valenciana.” In S. Haake (Ed.), The Engineering of Sport 6: Volume 2: Developments for Disciplines (pp. 23–28). 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 Psicología Educativa.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, July 6). Meat is a Complex Health Issue but a Simple Climate one: the World Needs to Eat Less of it. 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. (1997). DFAS Telecommunications: DFAS Has the Opportunity To Reduce Its Telecommunication Line Capacity (AIMD-97-100). 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
Roettger, M. E. (2008). Three essays on social inequality and the U.S. criminal justice system [Doctoral dissertation]. University of North Carolina.

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
Kelly, C. (2008, December 7). New Design and Décor In Greenburgh Stacks. New York Times, WE6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pollard, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Pollard, 2003; Rice & Chippindale, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Rice & Chippindale, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Unal et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kim et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titlePsicología Educativa
ISSN (print)1135-755X
ScopeDevelopmental and Educational Psychology
Social Psychology

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