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
Smaglik, P. (2002). Small world, big opportunities. Nature, 418(6899), 4–6.
A journal article with 2 authors
Armakolas, A., & Klar, A. J. S. (2006). Cell type regulates selective segregation of mouse chromosome 7 DNA strands in mitosis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5764), 1146–1149.
A journal article with 3 authors
Campbell, C., Shea, K., & Albert, R. (2014). Network models. Comment on “Control profiles of complex networks.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6209), 561.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tiago de Oliveira, F., Chanda, A., Banerjee, D., Shan, X., Mondal, S., Que, L., Jr, … Collins, T. J. (2007). Chemical and spectroscopic evidence for an FeV-oxo complex. Science (New York, N.Y.), 315(5813), 835–838.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Molimard, J. (2016). Experimental Mechanics of Solids and Structures. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Gupta, S. K. (Ed.). (2012). Technological Innovations in Major World Oil Crops, Volume 2: Perspectives. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Dempster, A. P. (2008). A Generalization of Bayesian Inference. In R. R. Yager & L. Liu (Eds.), Classic Works of the Dempster-Shafer Theory of Belief Functions (pp. 73–104). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016, November 16). New Extremely Red Quasar Population Is Something Never Seen Before. 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. (2014). Electronic Health Records: HHS Strategy to Address Information Exchange Challenges Lacks Specific Prioritized Actions and Milestones (No. GAO-14-242). 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
Robinson, E. A. (2012). Exploring the Barriers to Online-Business Profitability for Small Business (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

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
Yablonsky, B. Y. L. (2008, August 17). Body of Evidence. New York Times, p. M2216.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Armakolas & Klar, 2006; Smaglik, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Armakolas & Klar, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Campbell, Shea, & Albert, 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Tiago de Oliveira et al., 2007)

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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