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
Schreiber, S. J. (2011). Ecology. Mathematical Dances with wolves. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6060), 1214–1215.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sawamiphak, S., & Stainier, D. Y. R. (2014). Developmental biology: It takes muscle to make blood cells. Nature, 512(7514), 257–258.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ellison, C. R. W., Chapman, M. R., & Hall, I. R. (2006). Surface and deep ocean interactions during the cold climate event 8200 years ago. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5782), 1929–1932.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Schaefer, H., Whiticar, M. J., Brook, E. J., Petrenko, V. V., Ferretti, D. F., & Severinghaus, J. P. (2006). Ice record of delta13C for atmospheric CH4 across the Younger Dryas-Preboreal transition. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5790), 1109–1112.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Adhikari, S. K. (2005). Variational Principles and the Numerical Solution of Scattering Problems. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Marín, R., Onaindía, E., Bugarín, A., & Santos, J. (Eds.). (2006). Current Topics in Artificial Intelligence: 11th Conference of the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence, CAEPIA 2005, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, November 16-18, 2005, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 4177). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Fiegl, M. (2016). Therapeutic management of acute myeloid leukemia. In W. Hiddemann (Ed.), Handbook of Acute Leukemia (pp. 41–51). 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. (2014, October 8). Doctors Pull Live Cricket Out Of Man’s Ear. 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. (2014). Telecommunications: Projects and Policies Related to Deploying Broadband in Unserved and Underserved Areas (GAO-14-409). 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
Weisko, P. (2017). Wading Tiger Swimming Dragon: A Study on Comparative Indo-Sino Naval Development [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
Higgins, A. (2017, May 17). Putin Butts In to Claim There Were No Secrets, And Says He’ll Prove It. New York Times, A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schreiber, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Sawamiphak & Stainier, 2014; Schreiber, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Sawamiphak & Stainier, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Ellison et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Schaefer et al., 2006)

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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