How to format your references using the School Psychology Quarterly citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for School Psychology Quarterly. 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
Andolfatto, P. (2005). Adaptive evolution of non-coding DNA in Drosophila. Nature, 437(7062), 1149–1152.
A journal article with 2 authors
To, T.-L., & Maheshri, N. (2010). Noise can induce bimodality in positive transcriptional feedback loops without bistability. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5969), 1142–1145.
A journal article with 3 authors
Patterson, D., Schnell, M., & Doyle, J. M. (2013). Enantiomer-specific detection of chiral molecules via microwave spectroscopy. Nature, 497(7450), 475–477.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, H., Keum, J. K., Hiltner, A., Baer, E., Freeman, B., Rozanski, A., & Galeski, A. (2009). Confined crystallization of polyethylene oxide in nanolayer assemblies. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5915), 757–760.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Simon, J. (2017). Banach, Fréchet, Hilbert and Neumann Spaces. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Krishnan, S. P. T. (2015). Building Your Next Big Thing with Google Cloud Platform: A Guide for Developers and Enterprise Architects (J. L. U. Gonzalez, Ed.). Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Granjal, J., Monteiro, E., & Silva, J. S. (2013). Security Issues and Approaches on Wireless M2M Systems. In S. Khan & A.-S. Khan Pathan (Eds.), Wireless Networks and Security: Issues, Challenges and Research Trends (pp. 133–164). 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 School Psychology Quarterly.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, November 17). Scientists Can Learn From Pseudoscience … That’s A Fact. 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. (2012). Bus Rapid Transit: Projects Improve Transit Service and Can Contribute to Economic Development (GAO-12-811). 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
Hayes, U. T. (2014). Mental health services for foster youth: A grant proposal [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. (2011, February 27). Austin Filmmaker Scores Sight Unseen at Sundance. New York Times, A27B.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Andolfatto, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Andolfatto, 2005; To & Maheshri, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (To & Maheshri, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Patterson et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wang et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleSchool Psychology Quarterly
AbbreviationSch. Psychol. Q.
ISSN (print)1045-3830
ISSN (online)1939-1560
ScopeDevelopmental and Educational Psychology

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