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
Bell, A. T. (2003). The impact of nanoscience on heterogeneous catalysis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5613), 1688–1691.
A journal article with 2 authors
Canup, R. M., & Ward, W. R. (2006). A common mass scaling for satellite systems of gaseous planets. Nature, 441(7095), 834–839.
A journal article with 3 authors
Armitage, J. J., Collier, J. S., & Minshull, T. A. (2010). The importance of rift history for volcanic margin formation. Nature, 465(7300), 913–917.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hellal, F., Hurtado, A., Ruschel, J., Flynn, K. C., Laskowski, C. J., Umlauf, M., Kapitein, L. C., Strikis, D., Lemmon, V., Bixby, J., Hoogenraad, C. C., & Bradke, F. (2011). Microtubule stabilization reduces scarring and causes axon regeneration after spinal cord injury. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6019), 928–931.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Liu, E., & Noppe-Brandon, S. (2011). Imagination First. Jossey-Bass.
An edited book
Kanosue, K., Kogiso, K., Oshimi, D., & Harada, M. (Eds.). (2015). Sports Management and Sports Humanities. Springer Japan.
A chapter in an edited book
Ramirez, G. A., & Manfredi, A. A. (2016). Pathogenic Role of ANCA in Small Vessel Inflammation and Neutrophil Function. In F. Dammacco, D. Ribatti, & A. Vacca (Eds.), Systemic Vasculitides: Current Status and Perspectives (pp. 43–50). 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
Hale, T. (2015, November 15). How To Make The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich With Science. 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. (1990). Transportation Infrastructure: States Benefit From Block Grant Flexibility (RCED-90-126). 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
Zelaya, G. S. (2012). Hopelessness and diabetes: Do Hispanic diabetic patients feel less hopeless eating fruits, vegetables and exercising regularly? [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Gardiner, K. (2016, February 21). Sing, Memory. New York Times, BR10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bell, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Bell, 2003; Canup & Ward, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Canup & Ward, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Armitage et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Hellal et al., 2011)

About the journal

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

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