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
Fuyuno, I. (2006). Stuck in the middle. Nature, 442(7100), 237.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kaiser, D., & Moreno, J. (2012). Dual-use research: Self-censorship is not enough. Nature, 492(7429), 345–347.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dalton, C. A., Langmuir, C. H., & Gale, A. (2014). Geophysical and geochemical evidence for deep temperature variations beneath mid-ocean ridges. Science (New York, N.Y.), 344(6179), 80–83.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Stracker, T. H., Morales, M., Couto, S. S., Hussein, H., & Petrini, J. H. J. (2007). The carboxy terminus of NBS1 is required for induction of apoptosis by the MRE11 complex. Nature, 447(7141), 218–221.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Arden, J. B., & Linford, L. (2008). Brain-Based Therapy with Adults. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Reiner, G. (Ed.). (2009). Rapid Modelling for Increasing Competitiveness: Tools and Mindset. London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gkirtzou, K., Deux, J.-F., Bassez, G., Sotiras, A., Rahmouni, A., Varacca, T., et al. (2013). Sparse Classification with MRI Based Markers for Neuromuscular Disease Categorization. In G. Wu, D. Zhang, D. Shen, P. Yan, K. Suzuki, & F. Wang (Eds.), Machine Learning in Medical Imaging: 4th International Workshop, MLMI 2013, Held in Conjunction with MICCAI 2013, Nagoya, Japan, September 22, 2013. Proceedings (pp. 33–40). Cham: 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 Child Indicators Research.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2016, September 23). Zuckerberg And Chan Announce Plan To Tackle All Diseases Within A Century. 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. (1990). Guaranteed Student Loans: Credit Bureau Reporting Practices by Guaranty Agencies and Lenders (No. HRD-90-71BR). 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
Garcia-Manglano, J. (2013). Working for pay or raising a family? Three papers on women’s work expectations and market outcomes (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Vecsey, G. (2010, October 25). Home Runs And Demons For Hamilton And Mantle. New York Times, p. D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fuyuno 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Fuyuno 2006; Kaiser and Moreno 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Kaiser and Moreno 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Stracker et al. 2007)

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

Other styles