How to format your references using the Development Policy Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Development Policy Review. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Austin, J. (2014) ‘Reviewing the reviewers’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 345(6201): 1206.
A journal article with 2 authors
Virgin, H. W. and Walker, B. D. (2010) ‘Immunology and the elusive AIDS vaccine’, Nature 464(7286): 224–31.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hamlin, J. K.; Wynn, K. and Bloom, P. (2007) ‘Social evaluation by preverbal infants’, Nature 450(7169): 557–9.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Liu, C.; Yang, X. V.; Wu, J.; Kuei, C.; Mani, N. S.; Zhang, L.; Yu, J.; Sutton, S. W.; Qin, N.; Banie, H.; Karlsson, L.; Sun, S. and Lovenberg, T. W. (2011) ‘Oxysterols direct B-cell migration through EBI2’, Nature 475(7357): 519–23.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mazar Madjar, H. (2016) Radio Spectrum Management. Chichester, UK: John Wiley &;#38; Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Wilkins, A. (ed.) (2013) Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Wang, Y.; Zhang, J.; Wang, Q.; Lv, F. and Chen, K. (2015) ‘Compressive Spectrum Sensing Based on Sparse Sub-band Basis in Wireless Sensor Network’, in L. Sun, H. Ma, D. Fang, J. Niu, and W. Wang (eds) Advances in Wireless Sensor Networks: The 8th China Conference, CWSN 2014, Xi’an, China, October 31--November 2, 2014. Revised Selected Papers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer (Communications in Computer and Information Science).

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 Development Policy Review.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2017) Here Are 80 Falcons Enjoying Their Plane Journey, IFLScience. IFLScience. Available at: (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 (2002) Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Highway Trust Fund Excise Taxes. GAO-02-379R. 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
Elder, R. (2015) A Mixed-Method Investigation of the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment Pilot Program at a Private Midwestern University. Doctoral dissertation. Lindenwood 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
Crow, K. (2003) ‘Reservoir’s Sunken Fountain Is Rising From the Deep’, New York Times, 29 June, 145.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Austin, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Virgin and Walker, 2010; Austin, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Virgin and Walker, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Liu et al., 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleDevelopment Policy Review
AbbreviationDev. Policy Rev.
ISSN (print)0950-6764
ISSN (online)1467-7679
ScopeManagement, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Geography, Planning and Development

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