How to format your references using the International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience. 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
Wu, S., 2013. State tomography via weak measurements. Sci. Rep. 3, 1193.
A journal article with 2 authors
Camasso, N.M., Sanford, M.S., 2015. Design, synthesis, and carbon-heteroatom coupling reactions of organometallic nickel(IV) complexes. Science 347, 1218–1220.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kessler, D., Gase, K., Baldwin, I.T., 2008. Field experiments with transformed plants reveal the sense of floral scents. Science 321, 1200–1202.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Yu, W., Xu, L., Graham, N., Qu, J., 2014. Pre-treatment for ultrafiltration: effect of pre-chlorination on membrane fouling. Sci. Rep. 4, 6513.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Helsel, D.R., 2011. Statistics for Censored Environmental Data Using Minitab® and R. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Lee, D.H., Wang, X. (Eds.), 2011. Advances in Cryptology – ASIACRYPT 2011: 17th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Cryptology and Information Security, Seoul, South Korea, December 4-8, 2011. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Alkemade, T., Jeuring, J., 2016. Type Class Instances for Type-Level Lambdas in Haskell, in: Serrano, M., Hage, J. (Eds.), Trends in Functional Programming: 16th International Symposium, TFP 2015, Sophia Antipolis, France, June 3-5, 2015. Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 60–84.

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 International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. New Ebola Test can Rapidly Diagnose the Disease in Minutes [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1998. Airport Improvement Program: FAA Complying With Requirement for Local Involvement in Noise Mitigation Projects (No. RCED-99-41). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Bissell, G.H., 2011. Working in the transference as a multicultural intervention (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

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
Loomis, G., 2012. Baroque Opera at the Ambronay Festival. New York Times 0.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wu, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Camasso and Sanford, 2015; Wu, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Camasso and Sanford, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Yu et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
AbbreviationInt. J. Dev. Neurosci.
ISSN (print)0736-5748
ScopeDevelopmental Biology
Developmental Neuroscience

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