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
Macilwain, C. (2011). Pharmaceutical industry must take its medicine. Nature, 470(7333), 141.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schier, A. F., & Shen, M. M. (2000). Nodal signalling in vertebrate development. Nature, 403(6768), 385–389.
A journal article with 3 authors
Roy, S., Hsiung, F., & Kornberg, T. B. (2011). Specificity of Drosophila cytonemes for distinct signaling pathways. Science (New York, N.Y.), 332(6027), 354–358.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hu, J., Li Ls, Yang, W., Manna, L., Wang Lw, & Alivisatos, A. P. (2001). Linearly polarized emission from colloidal semiconductor quantum rods. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5524), 2060–2063.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
First, M. B., & Tasman, A. (2006). Clinical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Shi, Y. Q. (Ed.). (2012). Transactions on Data Hiding and Multimedia Security VII (Vol. 7110). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gehrlein, W. V., & Lepelley, D. (2011). Other Voting Paradoxes. In D. Lepelley (Ed.), Voting Paradoxes and Group Coherence: The Condorcet Efficiency of Voting Rules (pp. 123–155). 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
Taub, B. (2016, September 12). Mutilated Child Skeletons Hint At Human Sacrifice In Pre-Columbian Peru. 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. (1993). Space Operations: Archiving Space Science Data Needs Further Management Improvements (NSIAD-94-25). 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
Waugh, D. L. (2012). From forgotten to remembered: The long process of school desegregation in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Prince Edward County, Virginia [Doctoral dissertation]. University of North Carolina.

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
Koblin, J. (2017, October 17). Amazon Executive Resigns After Harassment Claim. New York Times, B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Macilwain, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Macilwain, 2011; Schier & Shen, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Schier & Shen, 2000)
  • Three authors: (Roy et al., 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Hu et al., 2001)

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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