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
Porto, J. V. (2008). Physics. Improving correlations despite particle loss. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5881), 1300–1301.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cox, R. M., & Calsbeek, R. (2010). Cryptic sex-ratio bias provides indirect genetic benefits despite sexual conflict. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5974), 92–94.
A journal article with 3 authors
Huang, J., Pray, C., & Rozelle, S. (2002). Enhancing the crops to feed the poor. Nature, 418(6898), 678–684.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chu, W., Zhou, S., Zhu, W., & Zhuang, X. (2014). Quorum quenching bacteria Bacillus sp. QSI-1 protect zebrafish (Danio rerio) from Aeromonas hydrophila infection. Scientific Reports, 4, 5446.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Robertson, B., Vignaux, G. A., & Berger, C. E. H. (2016). Interpreting Evidence. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Ganesh, S. G. (2016). Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 8 Programmer Exam 1Z0-809: Comprehensive OCPJP 8 Certification Guide. (H. Kiran & T. Sharma, Eds.). Berkeley, CA: Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Brinkmann, M., Hayden, J., Letz, M., Reichel, S., Click, C., Mannstadt, W., … Paquin, R. A. (2012). Optical Materials and Their Properties. In F. Träger (Ed.), Springer Handbook of Lasers and Optics (pp. 253–399). 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 Psicología Educativa.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2015, October 8). Ebola Nations Declare First Week With No New Cases. 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. (2001). Mass Transit: Bus Rapid Transit Shows Promise (No. GAO-01-984). 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
Spowart, S. A. (2014). Long-Term Mindfulness Meditation: Anxiety, Depression, Stress and Pain, Is There A Connection For Public Health? (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Billard, M. (2010, April 15). Wheels With Women in Mind. New York Times, p. E5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Porto, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Cox & Calsbeek, 2010; Porto, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Cox & Calsbeek, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Huang, Pray, & Rozelle, 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Chu, Zhou, Zhu, & Zhuang, 2014)

About the journal

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

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