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
Mank, J.E., 2009. Journal club. An evolutionary biologist compares genomic complexity to modern art. Nature 461, 701.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chisholm, J.R., Kelley, R., 2001. Worms start the reef-building process. Nature 409, 152.
A journal article with 3 authors
Showalter, M.R., Hedman, M.M., Burns, J.A., 2011. The impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 sends ripples through the rings of Jupiter. Science 332, 711–713.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Münte, T.F., Kohlmetz, C., Nager, W., Altenmüller, E., 2001. Neuroperception. Superior auditory spatial tuning in conductors. Nature 409, 580.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chappell, D., 2009. Building Contract Claims. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Crespo Cuaresma, J., Palokangas, T., Tarasyev, A. (Eds.), 2010. Dynamic Systems, Economic Growth, and the Environment, Dynamic Modeling and Econometrics in Economics and Finance. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Leonida, M.D., Kumar, I., 2016. Transdermal and Topical Delivery to the Skin, in: Kumar, I. (Ed.), Bionanomaterials for Skin Regeneration, SpringerBriefs in Bioengineering. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 27–35.

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. Eye Tracking Is The Next Frontier Of Human-Computer Interaction [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, 1973. Substitution of Shore Leave for Sick Leave (No. B-171947). 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
Equihua, D., 2010. The relationship of mental health and family factors to parental involvement in their children’s education among Latina mothers (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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
Kanter, J., 2016. European Leaders Debate Proposals for Closer Military Ties. New York Times A6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mank, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Chisholm and Kelley, 2001; Mank, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Chisholm and Kelley, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Münte et al., 2001)

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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