How to format your references using the The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry (CIP). 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
Luo J-J. Climate science: ocean dynamics not required? Nature 2011;477(7366):544–546.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rabosky DL, Sorhannus U. Diversity dynamics of marine planktonic diatoms across the Cenozoic. Nature 2009;457(7226):183–186.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ezawa M, Tanaka Y, Nagaosa N. Topological phase transition without gap closing. Sci Rep 2013;32790.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Fricke C, Lee JS, Geiger-Rudolph S, et al. astray, a zebrafish roundabout homolog required for retinal axon guidance. Science 2001;292(5516):507–510.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Woolf V. The Years. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2012.
An edited book
Jong WD, Donovan D, Abe K-I (eds). Extreme Conflict and Tropical Forests. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2007. X, 184 p p.
A chapter in an edited book
Frey J, Bird C, Willoughby C. Smart Meeting Spaces for Knowledge Transfer. In: Howlett RJ, Gabrys B, Musial-Gabrys K, et al., editors. Innovation through Knowledge Transfer 2012. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013. p31–38.

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 The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

Blog post
Andrew E. The Ethics Of ‘Gifted’ Genes: The Road To Gattaca? IFLScience (2015, accessed October 30, 2018).


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. Information Technology: Consistently Applying Best Practices Could Help IRS Improve the Reliability of Reported Cost and Schedule Information. GAO-13-401Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; April 17, 2013.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Wright JL. Shade Tolerance and Physiological Response to Light Regime of the Invasive Species Lonicera maackii (Amur honeysuckle). Doctoral DissertationSouthern Illinois University; 2015.

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
Rojas R, Mueller B. Defiant Pledge Fought Back in Fatal Hazing, Report Says. New York Times, September 16, 2015, A1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

This sentence cites one reference 1.
This sentence cites two references 1,2.
This sentence cites four references 1–4.

About the journal

Full journal titleThe Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
AbbreviationCan. J. Psychiatry
ISSN (print)0706-7437
ISSN (online)1497-0015
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health

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