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
Dobson, J. E. (2009). Big Brother has evolved. Nature, 458(7241), 968.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mascie-Taylor, C. G. N., & Karim, E. (2003). The burden of chronic disease. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5652), 1921–1922.
A journal article with 3 authors
Frumkin, A., Shimron, A., & Rosenbaum, J. (2003). Radiometric dating of the Siloam Tunnel, Jerusalem. Nature, 425(6954), 169–171.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhao, Q., Yang, K., Li, W., & Xing, B. (2014). Concentration-dependent polyparameter linear free energy relationships to predict organic compound sorption on carbon nanotubes. Scientific Reports, 4, 3888.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rosier, J. A., Martens, M. A., & Thomas, J. R. (2014). Global New Drug Development. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Lim, C. P., Jain, L. C., & Dehuri, S. (Eds.). (2009). Innovations in Swarm Intelligence (Vol. 248). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Siegel, J. (2011). The Roles of Hypocretin/Orexin in Narcolepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, and Normal Behavior. In C. R. Baumann, C. L. Bassetti, & T. E. Scammell (Eds.), Narcolepsy: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment (pp. 37–45). 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 Revista de Psicodidáctica.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, June 16). Cracks in Pluto’s Moon Reveal Underground Ocean. 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. (2015). Air Traffic Control: FAA Needs a More Comprehensive Approach to Address Cybersecurity As Agency Transitions to NextGen (No. GAO-15-370). 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
Luo, P. (2010). Evaluation of the flicker effect as a generative strategy in enhancing computer -based instruction (CBI) of visual recognition and classification (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
Crow, K. (2000, July 23). A Mister Softee Who Found His Calling. New York Times, p. 144.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dobson, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Dobson, 2009; Mascie-Taylor & Karim, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Mascie-Taylor & Karim, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Frumkin, Shimron, & Rosenbaum, 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zhao, Yang, Li, & Xing, 2014)

About the journal

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

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