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
Kitano, H. (2002). Computational systems biology. Nature, 420(6912), 206–210.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chopra, H. D., & Wuttig, M. (2015). Non-Joulian magnetostriction. Nature, 521(7552), 340–343.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yamashita, F., Fukuyama, E., & Omura, K. (2004). Estimation of fault strength: reconstruction of stress before the 1995 Kobe earthquake. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5694), 261–263.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Valderrama, F., Cordeiro, J. V., Schleich, S., Frischknecht, F., & Way, M. (2006). Vaccinia virus-induced cell motility requires F11L-mediated inhibition of RhoA signaling. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5759), 377–381.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Utsuro, M., & Ignatovich, V. K. (2010). Handbook of Neutron Optics. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Bronner, F., Farach-Carson, M. C., & Rubin, J. (Eds.). (2005). Bone Resorption (Vol. 2). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Pánek, T., & Kapustová, V. (2016). Long-Term Geomorphological History of the Czech Republic. In T. Pánek & J. Hradecký (Eds.), Landscapes and Landforms of the Czech Republic (pp. 29–39). 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
Evans, K. (2017, March 28). World’s First Skyscraper Designed To Hang Suspended From An Asteroid. 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. (1989). Computer Procurement: FAA’s $1.5-Billion Computer Resources Nucleus Project (IMTEC-89-44FS). 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
Butler, M. L. (2017). Floating Homelands: Postnational Constructions of Home in Contemporary Africana Women’s Literature [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Louisiana.

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. (2002, April 7). Décolletage Is Not the Rage At This Victoria’s Secret. New York Times, 148.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kitano, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Chopra & Wuttig, 2015; Kitano, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Chopra & Wuttig, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Yamashita et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Valderrama et al., 2006)

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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