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
Macfarlane, A. M. (2011). Nuclear policy. The overlooked back end of the nuclear fuel cycle. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6047), 1225–1226.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rolett, B., & Diamond, J. (2004). Environmental predictors of pre-European deforestation on Pacific islands. Nature, 431(7007), 443–446.
A journal article with 3 authors
Angell, S. Y., Danel, I., & DeCock, K. M. (2012). Global health. Global indicators and targets for noncommunicable diseases. Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6101), 1456–1457.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Grove, T. L., Till, C. B., Lev, E., Chatterjee, N., & Médard, E. (2009). Kinematic variables and water transport control the formation and location of arc volcanoes. Nature, 459(7247), 694–697.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hobkirk, J. A., Gill, D. S., Jones, S. P., Hemmings, K. W., Bassi, G. S., O’Donnell, A. L., & Goodman, J. R. (2010). Hypodontia. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Hayat, M. A. (Ed.). (2015). Stem Cells and Cancer Stem Cells, Volume 13: Therapeutic Applications in Disease and Injury (1st ed. 2015, Vol. 13). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Shani, U., Sela, A., Akilov, A., Skarbovski, I., & Berk, D. (2007). A Scalable Heterogeneous Solution for Massive Data Collection and Database Loading. In C. Bussler, M. Castellanos, U. Dayal, & S. Navathe (Eds.), Business Intelligence for the Real-Time Enterprises: First International Workshop, BIRTE 2006, Seoul, Korea, September 11, 2006, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 50–62). 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
Carpineti, A. (2016, August 17). Scientists Have Figured Out Why Brown Dwarfs Are Such A Diverse Bunch. 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. (2000). Information Technology: INS Needs to Better Manage the Development of Its Enterprise Architecture (AIMD-00-212). 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
Joshi, R. A. (2010). Adaptive nulling in multiple beam antennas using quantized state adaptive algorithms [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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017, March 9). The Listings; Film Series. New York Times, C23.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Macfarlane, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Macfarlane, 2011; Rolett & Diamond, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Rolett & Diamond, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Angell et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Grove et al., 2009)

About the journal

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

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