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
Valentine, D. L. (2013). Microbiology: intraterrestrial lifestyles. Nature, 496(7444), 176–177.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pizzari, T., & Birkhead, T. R. (2000). Female feral fowl eject sperm of subdominant males. Nature, 405(6788), 787–789.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bell, G., Hey, T., & Szalay, A. (2009). Computer science. Beyond the data deluge. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5919), 1297–1298.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ito, Y., Obara, K., Shiomi, K., Sekine, S., & Hirose, H. (2007). Slow earthquakes coincident with episodic tremors and slow slip events. Science (New York, N.Y.), 315(5811), 503–506.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chaskalson, M. (2011). The Mindful Workplace. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Taylor, P. J., & Barbeau, E. J. (Eds.). (2009). Challenging Mathematics In and Beyond the Classroom: The 16th ICMI Study (Vol. 12). Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Nieberler, M., Kittel, R. J., Petrenko, A. G., Lin, H.-H., & Langenhan, T. (2016). Control of Adhesion GPCR Function Through Proteolytic Processing. In T. Langenhan & T. Schöneberg (Eds.), Adhesion G Protein-coupled Receptors: Molecular, Physiological and Pharmacological Principles in Health and Disease (pp. 83–109). 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 School Psychology Quarterly.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, July 19). Why Smaller Mammals Are More Susceptible To Cancer. 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. (1995). Highway Safety: Reliability and Validity of DOT Crash Tests (PEMD-95-5). 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
Skinner, M. (2008). Enamel -dentine junction morphology of extant hominoid and fossil hominin lower molars [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington University.

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, J. (2015, October 11). A Girl Wants to Know. New York Times, BR18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Valentine, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Pizzari & Birkhead, 2000; Valentine, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Pizzari & Birkhead, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Bell et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ito et al., 2007)

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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