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
Abreu, A. (2012). Harnessing new scientific capacity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6087), 1397.
A journal article with 2 authors
Boots, M., & Mealor, M. (2007). Local interactions select for lower pathogen infectivity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 315(5816), 1284–1286.
A journal article with 3 authors
Piana, S., Reyhani, M., & Gale, J. D. (2005). Simulating micrometre-scale crystal growth from solution. Nature, 438(7064), 70–73.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tanaka, H., Arakawa, H., Yamaguchi, T., Shiraishi, K., Fukuda, S., Matsui, K., Takei, Y., & Nakamura, Y. (2000). A ribonucleotide reductase gene involved in a p53-dependent cell-cycle checkpoint for DNA damage. Nature, 404(6773), 42–49.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kuo, J. B., & Lin, S.-C. (2002). Low-Voltage SOI CMOS VLSI Devices and Circuits. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kushilevitz, E., & Malkin, T. (Eds.). (2016). Theory of Cryptography: 13th International Conference, TCC 2016-A, Tel Aviv, Israel, January 10-13, 2016, Proceedings, Part II (Vol. 9563). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Straume, T. (2015). Medical Concerns with Space Radiation and Radiobiological Effects. In J. N. Pelton & F. Allahdadi (Eds.), Handbook of Cosmic Hazards and Planetary Defense (pp. 259–293). Springer International Publishing.

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
Andrew, E. (2015, October 27). Are We Sleep-Deprived Or Just Darkness-Deprived? 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. (1997). Transportation Infrastructure: Estimated Funding Under the Transportation Empowerment Act (RCED-97-73R). 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
Sheah, J. (2015). Reading Dreams: Representation of Dreams Through Artists’ Books [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington University.

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
de la MERCED, M. J. (2017, October 23). B Capital Group Names Start-Up Star Its Chairman. New York Times, B4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Abreu, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Abreu, 2012; Boots & Mealor, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Boots & Mealor, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Piana et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Tanaka et al., 2000)

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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