How to format your references using the Revista de Psicodidáctica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Revista de Psicodidáctica. 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
Ruoff, R. (2012). Perspective: A means to an end. Nature, 483(7389), S42.
A journal article with 2 authors
Klejnot, J., & Lin, C. (2004). Plant sciences. A CONSTANS experience brought to light. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5660), 965–966.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ginsberg, M. R., Rubin, R. A., & Natowicz, M. R. (2013). Patterning of regional gene expression in autism: new complexity. Scientific Reports, 3, 1831.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, X., Chen, Z., Luo, Y., Jiang, L., & Wang, R. (2013). Cu/Ba/bauxite: an inexpensive and efficient alternative for Pt/Ba/Al₂O₃ in NOx removal. Scientific Reports, 3, 1559.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hollin, C. R. (2016). The Psychology of Interpersonal Violence. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Diaz, J., Lanese, I., & Sangiorgi, D. (Eds.). (2014). Theoretical Computer Science: 8th IFIP TC 1/WG 2.2 International Conference, TCS 2014, Rome, Italy, September 1-3, 2014. Proceedings (Vol. 8705). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bruns, D., & Warren, P. A. (2011). Assessment of Psychosocial Contributions to Disability. In P. A. Warren (Ed.), Behavioral Health Disability: Innovations in Prevention and Management (pp. 73–104). 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 Revista de Psicodidáctica.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, July 23). The Sun Is Eerily Quiet, And Scientists Aren’t Sure Why. 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. (1978). Contributions to the Theory and Practice of Management (No. 094703). 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
Hernandez, A. (2012). Impact of the Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 on monthly caseworker visits to children in Los Angeles County on California’s foster care system [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
Kelly, C. (2008, April 26). For Many, Thrift Shops Are a Wardrobe Essential. New York Times, C6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ruoff, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Klejnot & Lin, 2004; Ruoff, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Klejnot & Lin, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Ginsberg et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wang et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleRevista de Psicodidáctica
ISSN (print)2530-3805

Other styles