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
Murphy, C. J. (2002). Materials science. Nanocubes and nanoboxes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5601), 2139–2141.
A journal article with 2 authors
Renear, A. H., & Palmer, C. L. (2009). Strategic reading, ontologies, and the future of scientific publishing. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5942), 828–832.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yu, Y., Huang, L., & Cao, L. (2014). Semiconductor solar superabsorbers. Scientific Reports, 4, 4107.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhang, X., Pickin, K. A., Bose, R., Jura, N., Cole, P. A., & Kuriyan, J. (2007). Inhibition of the EGF receptor by binding of MIG6 to an activating kinase domain interface. Nature, 450(7170), 741–744.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Vegh, A. (2010). Web Development with the Mac®. Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Hamer, C. (Ed.). (2007). Creating Mobile Games: Using JavaTM ME Platform to Put the Fun into Your Mobile Device and Cell Phone. Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Marbach-Ad, G., Egan, L. C., & Thompson, K. V. (2015). Consultation for Individuals and Groups of Faculty. In L. C. Egan & K. V. Thompson (Eds.), A Discipline-Based Teaching and Learning Center: A Model for Professional Development (pp. 89–113). 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
Hamilton, K. (2017, March 29). How Animals Can Help Autistic Children. 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. (2010). Information Technology: OMB’s Dashboard Has Increased Transparency and Oversight, but Improvements Needed (GAO-10-701). 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
Kelly, E. J. (2016). What experiences create and nurture a love of science? [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
Harwood, J. (2017, January 21). Why Trumpism May Not Endure. New York Times, A27.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Murphy, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Murphy, 2002; Renear & Palmer, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Renear & Palmer, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Yu et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zhang et al., 2007)

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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