How to format your references using the Infant Behavior and Development citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Infant Behavior and Development. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Riordan, M. (2001). The suspense of strangeness. Nature, 409(6819), 457.
A journal article with 2 authors
Keinan, A., & Clark, A. G. (2012). Recent explosive human population growth has resulted in an excess of rare genetic variants. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6082), 740–743.
A journal article with 3 authors
Broza, Y. Y., Zuri, L., & Haick, H. (2014). Combined volatolomics for monitoring of human body chemistry. Scientific Reports, 4, 4611.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Seki, K., Hirahara, M., Hoshino, M., Terasawa, T., Elphic, R. C., Saito, Y., Mukai, T., Hayakawa, H., Kojima, H., & Matsumoto, H. (2003). Cold ions in the hot plasma sheet of Earth’s magnetotail. Nature, 422(6932), 589–592.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Memming, R. (2015). Semiconductor Electrochemistry. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Gao, R. X. (2011). Wavelets: Theory and Applications for Manufacturing (R. Yan, Ed.). Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Acar, S. (2016). Inequality Impacts of Oil Dependence in the MENA. In J. E. Stiglitz & M. Guzman (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in Microeconomics (pp. 77–87). Palgrave Macmillan UK.

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 Infant Behavior and Development.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2017, January 24). Researchers Create A Stable Organism Containing Synthetic DNA That Can Replicate Indefinitely. 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). NASA Procurement: Opportunities to Improve Contract Management (T-NSIAD-92-33). 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
Egan, G. C. (2015). Understanding the reaction mechanism of aluminum nanocomposite thermites [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
Greenhouse, L. (2005, October 28). For Now, and Possibly This Year, Talk of a Vacancy on the Court Appears to Be Mere Talk. New York Times, A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Riordan, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Keinan & Clark, 2012; Riordan, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Keinan & Clark, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Broza et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Seki et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleInfant Behavior and Development
AbbreviationInfant Behav. Dev.
ISSN (print)0163-6383
ScopeDevelopmental and Educational Psychology

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