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
Laursen, L. (2010). Interdisciplinary research: Big science at the table. Nature, 468(7327), S2-4.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pearse, A.-M., & Swift, K. (2006). Allograft theory: transmission of devil facial-tumour disease. Nature, 439(7076), 549.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kah, L. C., Lyons, T. W., & Frank, T. D. (2004). Low marine sulphate and protracted oxygenation of the Proterozoic biosphere. Nature, 431(7010), 834–838.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Pinto-Tomás, A. A., Anderson, M. A., Suen, G., Stevenson, D. M., Chu, F. S. T., Cleland, W. W., Weimer, P. J., & Currie, C. R. (2009). Symbiotic nitrogen fixation in the fungus gardens of leaf-cutter ants. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5956), 1120–1123.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dubin, D. (2005). Numerical and Analytical Methods for Scientists and Engineers, Using Mathematica. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Chatterji, M., & Zsolnai, L. (Eds.). (2016). Ethical Leadership: Indian and European Spiritual Approaches. Palgrave Macmillan UK.
A chapter in an edited book
Tan, M., & Tan, M. (2015). Developing Disciplinary Intuitions in the Natural Sciences. In K. Y. T. Lim (Ed.), Disciplinary Intuitions and the Design of Learning Environments (pp. 55–63). 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 Neuropsychology.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2014, April 4). Evidence of Galactic Cannibalism Revealed. 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. (2007). Environmental Satellite Acquisitions: Progress and Challenges (GAO-07-1099T). 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
Tornes, I. E. (2006). Topics in the Physics of Underdamped Josephson Systems [Doctoral dissertation]. Ohio State University.

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, L. (2012, March 4). Style Provocateurs. New York Times, ST3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Laursen, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Laursen, 2010; Pearse & Swift, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Pearse & Swift, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Kah et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Pinto-Tomás et al., 2009)

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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