How to format your references using the Developmental Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Developmental 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
Buckingham, S. (2004). Exploring the public domain. Nature, 428(6984), 774.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tanaka, M., & Sackmann, E. (2005). Polymer-supported membranes as models of the cell surface. Nature, 437(7059), 656–663.
A journal article with 3 authors
Husale, S., Persson, H. H. J., & Sahin, O. (2009). DNA nanomechanics allows direct digital detection of complementary DNA and microRNA targets. Nature, 462(7276), 1075–1078.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Takatsu, K., Miyaoku, K., Roy, S. R., Murono, Y., Sago, T., Itagaki, H., Nakamura, M., & Tokumoto, T. (2013). Induction of female-to-male sex change in adult zebrafish by aromatase inhibitor treatment. Scientific Reports, 3, 3400.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Michaelian, K. H. (2005). Photoacoustic Infrared Spectroscopy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Ceyhan, Ö., Manin, Y. I., & Marcolli, M. (Eds.). (2010). Arithmetic and Geometry Around Quantization (Vol. 279). Birkhäuser.
A chapter in an edited book
Creath, R. (2014). (Anti-)Metaphysics in the Thirties And Why Should Anyone Care Now? In M. C. Galavotti, E. Nemeth, & F. Stadler (Eds.), European Philosophy of Science – Philosophy of Science in Europe and the Viennese Heritage (pp. 67–76). Springer International Publishing.

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 Review.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, July 2). Robot Kills Worker at Volkswagen Plant in Germany. 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. (1991). Weather Satellites: The U.S. Geostationary Satellite Program Is at a Crossroad (T-NSIAD-91-49). 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
Baker, N. S. (2012). Bridging the Gap: Finding the Language of Soul [Doctoral dissertation]. Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
de la MERCED, M. J. (2017, September 5). Investors Give $90 Million To a Flying Car Start-Up. New York Times, B2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Buckingham, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Buckingham, 2004; Tanaka & Sackmann, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Tanaka & Sackmann, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Husale et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Takatsu et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleDevelopmental Review
AbbreviationDev. Rev.
ISSN (print)0273-2297
ScopePediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
Psychiatry and Mental health
Developmental and Educational Psychology
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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