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
Lackner, K. S. (2003). Climate change. A guide to CO2 sequestration. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5626), 1677–1678.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shao, Z., & Haile, S. M. (2004). A high-performance cathode for the next generation of solid-oxide fuel cells. Nature, 431(7005), 170–173.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kaul, M., Garden, G. A., & Lipton, S. A. (2001). Pathways to neuronal injury and apoptosis in HIV-associated dementia. Nature, 410(6831), 988–994.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Al Ahmad, M., Mustafa, F., Ali, L. M., & Rizvi, T. A. (2014). Virus detection and quantification using electrical parameters. Scientific Reports, 4, 6831.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Prager, F. H., & Rosteck, H. (2006). Polyurethane and Fire. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Azevedo, F., Barahona, P., Fages, F., & Rossi, F. (Eds.). (2007). Recent Advances in Constraints: 11th Annual ERCIM International Workshop on Constraint Solving and Contraint Logic Programming, CSCLP 2006, Caparica, Portugal, June 26-28, 2006, Revised Selected and Invited Papers (Vol. 4651). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Chu, L.-Y., Xie, R., Ju, X.-J., & Wang, W. (2013). Polyphenol-Induced Phase Transition of Thermo-responsive Hydrogels. In R. Xie, X.-J. Ju, & W. Wang (Eds.), Smart Hydrogel Functional Materials (pp. 91–109). 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
Andrew, E. (2015, January 16). Salmon Sperm Could Help Us Recycle Rare Earth Elements. 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. (1999). Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Status of Bureau of Prisons’ Year 2000 Efforts (AIMD-99-23). 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
Mitchell, J. E. (2009). Job satisfaction and burnout among foreign -trained nurses in Saudi Arabia: A mixed-method study [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Poniewozik, J. (2017, April 13). Long After the Departure, One More Cosmic Joke to Tell. New York Times, C14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lackner, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Lackner, 2003; Shao & Haile, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Shao & Haile, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Kaul et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Al Ahmad et al., 2014)

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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