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
Butler, D. (2000). French take physics archives into the future. Nature, 407(6806), 825.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wookey, J., & Helffrich, G. (2008). Inner-core shear-wave anisotropy and texture from an observation of PKJKP waves. Nature, 454(7206), 873–876.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hsieh, C.-S., Kovářík, J., & Logan, T. (2014). How central are clients in sexual networks created by commercial sex? Scientific Reports, 4, 7540.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, Y., Akiyama, H., Terakado, K., & Nakatsu, T. (2013). Impact of site-directed mutant luciferase on quantitative green and orange/red emission intensities in firefly bioluminescence. Scientific Reports, 3, 2490.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wood, J., Brown, W., & Howe, H. (2013). IT Auditing and Application Controls for Small and Mid-Sized Enterprises. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Brils, J., Brack, W., Müller-Grabherr, D., Négrel, P., & Vermaat, J. E. (Eds.). (2014). Risk-Informed Management of European River Basins. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Belopolskaya, Y. (2014). Probabilistic Counterparts for Strongly Coupled Parabolic Systems. In V. B. Melas, S. Mignani, P. Monari, & L. Salmaso (Eds.), Topics in Statistical Simulation: Research Papers from the 7th International Workshop on Statistical Simulation (pp. 47–55). New York, NY: 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
Evans, K. (2017, March 7). Survey Finds Americans Are Confused About Climate Change But Support Climate Policy. 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. (1993). U.S. Trade and Development Agency: Limitations Exist in Its Ability to Help Generate U.S. Exports (No. GGD-94-9). 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
Johnson, J. G. (2012). An Exploration of the Psychosocial Aspects of Weight Among College Students in the College Environment (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Strauss, B. (2017, February 13). N.C.A.A. Deal Pays Athletes Back for Hidden Costs of a Full Ride. New York Times, p. D2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Butler, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Butler, 2000; Wookey & Helffrich, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Wookey & Helffrich, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Hsieh, Kovářík, & Logan, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wang, Akiyama, Terakado, & Nakatsu, 2013)

About the journal

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

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