How to format your references using the Child Neuropsychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Child Neuropsychology. 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
Long, M. D. (2015). GEOPHYSICS. How mountains get made. Science (New York, N.Y.), 349(6249), 687–688.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chen, W.-P., & Yang, Z. (2004). Earthquakes beneath the Himalayas and Tibet: evidence for strong lithospheric mantle. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5679), 1949–1952.
A journal article with 3 authors
Marcus, G., Marblestone, A., & Dean, T. (2014). Neuroscience. The atoms of neural computation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6209), 551–552.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lee-Six, H., Øbro, N. F., Shepherd, M. S., Grossmann, S., Dawson, K., Belmonte, M., Osborne, R. J., Huntly, B. J. P., Martincorena, I., Anderson, E., O’Neill, L., Stratton, M. R., Laurenti, E., Green, A. R., Kent, D. G., & Campbell, P. J. (2018). Population dynamics of normal human blood inferred from somatic mutations. Nature, 561(7724), 473–478.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Yamaguchi, R., & Fujita, K.-I. (2014). Ligand Platforms in Homogenous Catalytic Reactions with Metals. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hendren, L. (Ed.). (2008). Compiler Construction: 17th International Conference, CC 2008, Held as Part of the Joint European Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2008, Budapest, Hungary, March 29 - April 6, 2008. Proceedings (Vol. 4959). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Craik, J., & Melvin, L. (2015). Oral Contraceptives: Benefits and Risks. In M. Harrison-Woolrych (Ed.), Medicines For Women (pp. 141–180). 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 Neuropsychology.

Blog post
Carpineti, C. (2017, May 17). What The Hell Is This Bizarre Thing? IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2015). Aviation Security: TSA Has Taken Steps to Improve Oversight of Key Programs, but Additional Actions Are Needed (GAO-15-559T). 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
LeBlanc, L. (2009). Group home placement for children with serious emotional disturbance: A grant proposal project [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Hodgman, J. (2016, September 8). Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman. New York Times, MM30.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Long, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Chen & Yang, 2004; Long, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Chen & Yang, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Marcus et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Lee-Six et al., 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleChild Neuropsychology
AbbreviationChild Neuropsychol.
ISSN (print)0929-7049
ISSN (online)1744-4136
ScopePediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
Developmental and Educational Psychology
Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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