How to format your references using the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Applied 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
Knowles, J. (2003). Chemistry. Seeing is believing. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5615), 2002–2003.
A journal article with 2 authors
Adam, D., & Butler, D. (2003). Comet mission hangs in the balance. Nature, 421(6919), 102.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kao, M. H., Doupe, A. J., & Brainard, M. S. (2005). Contributions of an avian basal ganglia-forebrain circuit to real-time modulation of song. Nature, 433(7026), 638–643.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Fiaux, J., Bertelsen, E. B., Horwich, A. L., & Wüthrich, K. (2002). NMR analysis of a 900K GroEL GroES complex. Nature, 418(6894), 207–211.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Santamarina, J. C., & Fratta, D. (2006). Discrete Signals and Inverse Problems. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Calude, C. S., Costa, J. F., Freund, R., Oswald, M., & Rozenberg, G. (Eds.). (2008). Unconventional Computing: 7th International Conference, UC 2008 Vienna, Austria, August 25-28, 2008. Proceedings (Vol. 5204). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bothma, F. C., Roodt, G., & van de Bunt-Kokhuis, S. (2015). Subjective and Objective Work-Based Identity Consequences. In P. G. W. Jansen & G. Roodt (Eds.), Conceptualising and Measuring Work Identity: South-African Perspectives and Findings (pp. 117–147). Springer Netherlands.

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 Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2017, June 8). Polar Bears Are On A Sea Ice “Treadmill” That Is Speeding Up. 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. (2015). Intelligent Transportation Systems: Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Technologies Expected to Offer Benefits, but Deployment Challenges Exist (GAO-15-775). 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
Marquez, H. H. (2017). Social Capital, Academics, and Sense of Belonging among High School Foster Youth [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Feeney, K. (2010, February 28). Oreos in the (Pancake) Mix. New York Times, NJ10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Knowles, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Adam & Butler, 2003; Knowles, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Adam & Butler, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Kao et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Fiaux et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Applied Developmental Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Appl. Dev. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0193-3973
ScopeDevelopmental and Educational Psychology

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