How to format your references using the Child Indicators Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Child Indicators Research. 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
Thomas, R. H. (2003). Evolution. Wingless insects and plucked chickens. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5614), 1854–1855.
A journal article with 2 authors
Buskirk, A. R., & Green, R. (2013). Biochemistry. Getting past polyproline pauses. Science (New York, N.Y.), 339(6115), 38–39.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kiesecker, J. M., Blaustein, A. R., & Belden, L. K. (2001). Complex causes of amphibian population declines. Nature, 410(6829), 681–684.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Babazadeh, R., Furukawa, T., Hohmann, S., & Furukawa, K. (2014). Rewiring yeast osmostress signalling through the MAPK network reveals essential and non-essential roles of Hog1 in osmoadaptation. Scientific reports, 4, 4697.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Raynaud, H., & Arrow, K. J. (2011). Managerial Logic. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Gupta, P. (2014). Healing Traditions of the Northwestern Himalayas. (V. K. Sharma & S. Sharma, Eds.). New Delhi: Springer India.
A chapter in an edited book
Yip, M. C., Lowe, D. G., Salcudean, S. E., Rohling, R. N., & Nguan, C. Y. (2012). Real-Time Methods for Long-Term Tissue Feature Tracking in Endoscopic Scenes. In P. Abolmaesumi, L. Joskowicz, N. Navab, & P. Jannin (Eds.), Information Processing in Computer-Assisted Interventions: Third International Conference, IPCAI 2012, Pisa, Italy, June 27, 2012. Proceedings (pp. 33–43). 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 Child Indicators Research.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, July 16). Historic Close-Ups Of Pluto And Its Moon Charon Present Puzzle For Scientists. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (1998). Food Assistance: Computerized Information Matching Could Reduce Fraud and Abuse in the Food Stamp Program (No. T-RCED-98-254). 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
Kishkovsky, S. (2004, March 29). In Aisle 3, Merchandise and Perhaps a Masterpiece; Russia’s New Rich Amass Art Collections, Displaying Them in Varied Ways. New York Times, p. E1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Thomas 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Buskirk and Green 2013; Thomas 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Buskirk and Green 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Babazadeh et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleChild Indicators Research
AbbreviationChild Indic. Res.
ISSN (print)1874-897X
ISSN (online)1874-8988
ScopeSocial Psychology
Health(social science)
Sociology and Political Science

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