How to format your references using the British Journal of Developmental Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 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
Ledford, H. (2007). Patent examiners call in the jury. Nature, 448(7151), 239.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhang, S. C., & Hu, J. (2001). A four-dimensional generalization of the quantum Hall effect. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5543), 823–828.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wang, Y. A., Feng, A.-C., & Ganz, P. A. (2014). Health services utilisation in breast cancer survivors in Taiwan. Scientific Reports, 4, 7466.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Urizar, N. L., Liverman, A. B., Dodds, D. T., Silva, F. V., Ordentlich, P., Yan, Y., … Moore, D. D. (2002). A natural product that lowers cholesterol as an antagonist ligand for FXR. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5573), 1703–1706.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anderson, J., Gaare, M., Holguín, J., Bailey, N., & Pratley, T. (2016). Professional Clojure. Indianapolis, IN, USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kunze, H. (2012). Fractal-Based Methods in Analysis. (D. La Torre, F. Mendivil, & E. R. Vrscay, Eds.). Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Hanrahan, H. (2009). Toward Consensus Global Standards for Quality Assurance of Engineering Programmes. In A. Patil & P. Gray (Eds.), Engineering Education Quality Assurance: A Global Perspective (pp. 51–71). Boston, MA: Springer US.

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 British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, September 5). Motion Sickness Can Be Relieved By Applying An Electric Current To Your Scalp. 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. (2012). James Webb Space Telescope: Actions Needed to Improve Cost Estimate and Oversight of Test and Integration (No. GAO-13-4). 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
Parker, E. C. (2010). Perceptions of youth with diabetes and their parents/guardians about youth eating habits and nutrition-related difficulties (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Pilon, M. (2012, October 11). Armstrong Finds a Mixed Reception in Triathlon. New York Times, p. B14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Muller, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Bilbe, 2015; Valente, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Zhang & Hu, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Wang, Feng, & Ganz, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Xia et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleBritish Journal of Developmental Psychology
AbbreviationBr. J. Dev. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0261-510X
ISSN (online)2044-835X
ScopeDevelopmental Neuroscience
Developmental and Educational Psychology

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