How to format your references using the Developmental Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Developmental Psychology. 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
Charlesworth, B. (2000). No pie in the sky, thanks. Nature, 404(6777), 431.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gronewold, A. D., & Stow, C. A. (2014). Environment. Water loss from the Great Lakes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 343(6175), 1084–1085.
A journal article with 3 authors
Grzybowski, B. A., Stone, H. A., & Whitesides, G. M. (2000). Dynamic self-assembly of magnetized, millimetre-sized objects rotating at a liquid-air interface. Nature, 405(6790), 1033–1036.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sharon, E., Galun, M., Sharon, D., Basri, R., & Brandt, A. (2006). Hierarchy and adaptivity in segmenting visual scenes. Nature, 442(7104), 810–813.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Steland, A. (2012). Financial Statistics and Mathematical Finance. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Filippini, D. (Ed.). (2013). Autonomous Sensor Networks: Collective Sensing Strategies for Analytical Purposes (Vol. 13). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Shibata, R. (2015). Globalization, Politics of Historical Memory, and Enmification in Sino-Japanese Relations. In J. Zajda (Ed.), Nation-Building and History Education in a Global Culture (pp. 67–81). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Developmental Psychology.

Blog post
Taub, B. (2016, July 14). The Brain Mechanism Underlying Free Will Has Been Identified. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2011). Surface Freight Transportation: A Comparison of the Costs of Road, Rail, and Waterways Freight Shipments That Are Not Passed on to Consumers (No. GAO-11-134). 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
Morris, L. (2010). Evolving the leadership model of the American theatre to forge a fiscally and artistically secure future (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
Crow, K. (2001, October 21). Many Families Waver on Plans For Holidays. New York Times, p. 58.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Charlesworth, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Charlesworth, 2000; Gronewold & Stow, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Gronewold & Stow, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Grzybowski, Stone, & Whitesides, 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Sharon, Galun, Sharon, Basri, & Brandt, 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleDevelopmental Psychology
AbbreviationDev. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0012-1649
ISSN (online)1939-0599
ScopeDevelopmental and Educational Psychology
Life-span and Life-course Studies

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