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
Ho, C.-H. (2014). Amorphous effect on the advancing of wide-range absorption and structural-phase transition in γ-In2Se3 polycrystalline layers. Scientific Reports, 4, 4764.
A journal article with 2 authors
Levine, B. L., & June, C. H. (2013). Perspective: assembly line immunotherapy. Nature, 498(7455), S17.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hunt, G. R., Corballis, M. C., & Gray, R. D. (2001). Animal behaviour: Laterality in tool manufacture by crows. Nature, 414(6865), 707.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tsai, M.-Y., Wang, S., Heidinger, J. M., Shumaker, D. K., Adam, S. A., Goldman, R. D., & Zheng, Y. (2006). A mitotic lamin B matrix induced by RanGTP required for spindle assembly. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5769), 1887–1893.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Weisberg, H. I. (2014). Willful Ignorance. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Elwell, C. E., Leung, T. S., & Harrison, D. K. (Eds.). (2016). Oxygen Transport to Tissue XXXVII (Vol. 876). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Wattanapruttipaisan, T. (2015). The Topology of ASEAN FTAs, with Special Reference to IP-Related Provisions. In C. Antons & R. M. Hilty (Eds.), Intellectual Property and Free Trade Agreements in the Asia-Pacific Region (pp. 109–152). 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
Andrews, R. (2016, May 25). Extreme Methane-Producing Microbes Found At Earth’s Surface Hint At Life On Mars. 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. (1970). Selected Contracting and Consulting Activities of the Office of Education (B-164031(1)). 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
Tapal, S. S. (2012). Is the fourth generation of Six Sigma an effective professional development model in K-12 education? [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
Walsh, M. W. (2010, October 26). Treasury Hid A.I.G. Loss, Report Says. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ho, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Ho, 2014; Levine & June, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Levine & June, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Hunt et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Tsai et al., 2006)

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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