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
Sun, T.-P. (2014). Plant Science. Sex and the single fern. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6208), 423–424.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mehta, R., & Zhu, R. J. (2009). Blue or red? Exploring the effect of color on cognitive task performances. Science (New York, N.Y.), 323(5918), 1226–1229.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sinervo, B., Svensson, E., & Comendant, T. (2000). Density cycles and an offspring quantity and quality game driven by natural selection. Nature, 406(6799), 985–988.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, H., Nussbaum-Wagler, T., Li, B., Zhao, Q., Vigouroux, Y., Faller, M., Bomblies, K., Lukens, L., & Doebley, J. F. (2005). The origin of the naked grains of maize. Nature, 436(7051), 714–719.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Florczyk, S. (2004). Robot Vision. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Muga, G., Ruschhaupt, A., & Campo, A. del (Eds.). (2009). Time in Quantum Mechanics - Vol. 2 (Vol. 789). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Mizuguchi, T., Mitaka, T., & Hirata, K. (2015). Role of Branched Chain Amino Acids in Cellular and Organ Damage: The Prognostic Significance of the Preoperative Branched Chain Amino Acid to Tyrosine Ratio. In R. Rajendram, V. R. Preedy, & V. B. Patel (Eds.), Branched Chain Amino Acids in Clinical Nutrition: Volume 2 (pp. 65–77). 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 Review.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, February 4). Mysterious Disease Has Been Devastating Starfish. 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. (2002). Space Station: Actions Under Way to Manage Cost, but Significant Challenges Remain (GAO-02-735). 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
Gomes, M. A. (2017). Cognitive science approaches to actor training: Interrogating conceptual language [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017, August 31). The Layover. New York Times, C7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sun, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Mehta & Zhu, 2009; Sun, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Mehta & Zhu, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Sinervo et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wang et al., 2005)

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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