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
Vijayan, M. (2001). Obituary. G.N. Ramachandran (1922-2001). Nature, 411(6837), 544.
A journal article with 2 authors
Moore, M. J., & Rosbash, M. (2001). Cell biology. TAPping into mRNA export. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5548), 1841–1842.
A journal article with 3 authors
Naya, Y., Yoshida, M., & Miyashita, Y. (2001). Backward spreading of memory-retrieval signal in the primate temporal cortex. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5504), 661–664.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Romanowsky, A. J., Douglas, N. G., Arnaboldi, M., Kuijken, K., Merrifield, M. R., Napolitano, N. R., Capaccioli, M., & Freeman, K. C. (2003). A dearth of dark matter in ordinary elliptical galaxies. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5640), 1696–1698.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Agachi, P. Ş., Nagy, Z. K., Cristea, M. V., & Imre-Lucaci, Á. (2006). Model Based Control. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Mitra, S. K. (Ed.). (2013). Citizenship as Cultural Flow: Structure, Agency and Power. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Masud, M. M., & Kiringa, I. (2007). Collaborative Data Synchronization in an Instance-Mapped P2P Data Sharing System. In R. Meersman, Z. Tari, & P. Herrero (Eds.), On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems 2007: OTM 2007 Workshops: OTM Confederated International Workshops and Posters, AWeSOMe, CAMS, OTM Academy Doctoral Consortium, MONET, OnToContent, ORM, PerSys, PPN, RDDS, SSWS, and SWWS 2007, Vilamoura, Portugal, November 25-30, 2007, Proceedings, Part I (pp. 7–8). 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 Developmental Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, March 13). Incredible Visualization of European Air Traffic. 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. (1996). Regulatory Burden (GGD-97-26R). 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
Smith, K. A. (2010). Impact of animal assisted therapy reading instruction on reading performance of homeschooled students [Doctoral dissertation]. Northcentral 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
Greenhouse, L. (2008, March 27). Court Looks at Legal Role for Mentally Ill. New York Times, A21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Vijayan, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Moore & Rosbash, 2001; Vijayan, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Moore & Rosbash, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Naya et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Romanowsky et al., 2003)

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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