How to format your references using the European Journal of Developmental Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of 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
Vicsek, T. (2001). A question of scale. Nature, 411(6836), 421.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bucher, G., & Sander, W. (2014). Physical chemistry. Clarifying the structure of carbonic acid. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6209), 544–545.
A journal article with 3 authors
Vohs, K. D., Mead, N. L., & Goode, M. R. (2006). The psychological consequences of money. Science (New York, N.Y.), 314(5802), 1154–1156.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, L., Wang, Y., Li, Z., Gao, Z., & Zhang, S. (2013). Functional characterization of protein 4.1 homolog in amphioxus: defining a cryptic spectrin-actin-binding site. Scientific Reports, 3, 2873.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sofronas, A. (2005). Analytical Troubleshooting of Process Machinery and Pressure Vessels. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Engelhardt, H., Kohler, H.-P., & Fürnkranz-Prskawetz, A. (Eds.). (2009). Causal Analysis in Population Studies: Concepts, Methods, Applications (1st ed., Vol. 23). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Ciraulo, F., & Sambin, G. (2008). Finiteness in a Minimalist Foundation. In M. Miculan, I. Scagnetto, & F. Honsell (Eds.), Types for Proofs and Programs: International Conference, TYPES 2007, Cividale des Friuli, Italy, May 2-5, 2007 Revised Selected Papers (pp. 51–68). 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 European Journal of Developmental Psychology.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, May 5). Cancer Hijacks the Cell’s Aging Process. 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. (1992). Internal Control Weaknesses in Army Safeguarding of Computer Equipment (AFMD-92-60ML). 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
Sadr, E. I. (2013). To whisper in the king’s ear: Economists in Pahlavi and Islamic Iran [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Rothenberg, B. (2017, July 6). As Players Pull Out, Criticism Floods In. New York Times, B8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Vicsek, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Bucher & Sander, 2014; Vicsek, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Bucher & Sander, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Vohs et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Wang et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Developmental Psychology
AbbreviationEur. J. Dev. Psychol.
ISSN (print)1740-5629
ISSN (online)1740-5610
ScopeDevelopmental and Educational Psychology
Social Psychology

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