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
Been, M. D. (2006). Molecular biology. Versatility of self-cleaving ribozymes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5794), 1745–1747.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pomerantz, R. T., & O’Donnell, M. (2008). The replisome uses mRNA as a primer after colliding with RNA polymerase. Nature, 456(7223), 762–766.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, J., An, J., & Ting, C. S. (2013). Interaction-induced localization of mobile impurities in ultracold systems. Scientific Reports, 3, 3147.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mallik, R., Carter, B. C., Lex, S. A., King, S. J., & Gross, S. P. (2004). Cytoplasmic dynein functions as a gear in response to load. Nature, 427(6975), 649–652.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kowalick, T. M. (2004). Fatal Exit. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kawanabe, H., Nishino, M., & Maehata, M. (Eds.). (2012). Lake Biwa: Interactions between Nature and People. Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Grigori, L., Jacquelin, M., & Khabou, A. (2014). Performance Predictions of Multilevel Communication Optimal LU and QR Factorizations on Hierarchical Platforms. In J. M. Kunkel, T. Ludwig, & H. W. Meuer (Eds.), Supercomputing: 29th International Conference, ISC 2014, Leipzig, Germany, June 22-26, 2014. Proceedings (pp. 76–92). 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 Psicología Educativa.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, July 4). Magic mushrooms expand your mind and amplify your brain’s dreaming areas – here’s how. 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. (1998). Airfield Pavement: Keeping Nation’s Runways in Good Condition Could Require Substantially Higher Spending (RCED-98-226). 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
Bratton, E. W. (2012). Clinical management and outcomes of patients in the Duke Cryptococcosis Clinical Cohort, 1996 - 2009 [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
Scott, M., & Kanter, J. (2016, August 30). E.U. Ruling Said to Aim at Tax Policy for Apple. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Been, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Been, 2006; Pomerantz & O’Donnell, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Pomerantz & O’Donnell, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Li et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Mallik et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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