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
Kitano, H., 2002. Systems biology: a brief overview. Science 295, 1662–1664.
A journal article with 2 authors
Thompson, P.M., Ollason, J.C., 2001. Lagged effects of ocean climate change on fulmar population dynamics. Nature 413, 417–420.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schröter, C., Kosma, K., Schultz, T., 2011. CRASY: mass- or electron-correlated rotational alignment spectroscopy. Science 333, 1011–1015.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kovalchuk, I., Kovalchuk, O., Kalck, V., Boyko, V., Filkowski, J., Heinlein, M., Hohn, B., 2003. Pathogen-induced systemic plant signal triggers DNA rearrangements. Nature 423, 760–762.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kassapoglou, C., 2013. Design and Analysis of Composite Structures. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Jiang, T., Hwang, J.-Y., Alvear F., G.R.F., Yücel, O., Mao, X., Sohn, H.Y., Ma, N., Mackey, P.J., Battle, T.P. (Eds.), 2016. 6th International Symposium on High-Temperature Metallurgical Processing. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Faheem, M., Senellart, P., 2015. Adaptive Web Crawling Through Structure-Based Link Classification, in: Allen, R.B., Hunter, J., Zeng, M.L. (Eds.), Digital Libraries: Providing Quality Information: 17th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries, ICADL 2015, Seoul, Korea, December 9-12, 2015. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 39–51.

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
Hale, T., 2017. Kid Working On WW2 Homework Finds Nazi Plane With Pilot’s Skeleton Inside [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, 2016. Commercial Space: FAA Should Examine How to Appropriately Regulate Space Support Vehicles (No. GAO-17-100). 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
Coppock, J.E., 2017. Optical and Magnetic Measurements of a Levitated, Gyroscopically Stabilized Graphene Nanoplatelet (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Nir, S.M., 2015. The High Price of Pretty Nails. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kitano, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Kitano, 2002; Thompson and Ollason, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Thompson and Ollason, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Kovalchuk et al., 2003)

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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