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
Ellison, A. M. (2014). Political borders should not hamper wildlife. Nature, 508(7494), 9.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brüggen, M., & Kaiser, C. R. (2002). Hot bubbles from active galactic nuclei as a heat source in cooling-flow clusters. Nature, 418(6895), 301–303.
A journal article with 3 authors
Milward, G. C., Calderón, M. J., & Littlewood, P. B. (2005). Electronically soft phases in manganites. Nature, 433(7026), 607–610.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Huynen, L., Millar, C. D., Scofield, R. P., & Lambert, D. M. (2003). Nuclear DNA sequences detect species limits in ancient moa. Nature, 425(6954), 175–178.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Grimble, M. J. (2006). Robust Industrial Control Systems. John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Fred, A., Dietz, J. L. G., Liu, K., & Filipe, J. (Eds.). (2013). Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management: Third International Joint Conference, IC3K 2011, Paris, France, October 26-29, 2011. Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 348). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Ciglič, R., & Perko, D. (2015). Modelling as a Method for Evaluating Natural Landscape Typology: The Case of Slovenia. In M. Luc, U. Somorowska, & J. B. Szmańda (Eds.), Landscape Analysis and Planning: Geographical Perspectives (pp. 59–79). 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 European Journal of Developmental Psychology.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, September 25). Fossilized Feces Differ Among Ancient Cultures. 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. (2009). Aviation Security: A National Strategy and Other Actions Would Strengthen TSA’s Efforts to Secure Commercial Airport Perimeters and Access Controls (GAO-09-399). 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
Gamez Grijalva, V. M. (2009). Biological and physical-chemical methods for treatment of semiconductor manufacturing effluents [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Arizona.

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
Saslow, L. (2009, April 5). Supervisor for the Short Term in Brookhaven. New York Times, LI2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ellison, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Brüggen & Kaiser, 2002; Ellison, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Brüggen & Kaiser, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Milward et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Huynen et al., 2003)

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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