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
Kristoufek, L. (2013). Fractal markets hypothesis and the global financial crisis: wavelet power evidence. Scientific Reports, 3, 2857.
A journal article with 2 authors
Banfield, J. F., & Young, M. (2009). Microbiology. Variety--the splice of life--in microbial communities. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5957), 1198–1199.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tibi, R., Wiens, D. A., & Inoue, H. (2003). Remote triggering of deep earthquakes in the 2002 Tonga sequences. Nature, 424(6951), 921–925.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Liénart, S., Merceron, R., Vanderaa, C., Lambert, F., Colau, D., Stockis, J., … Lucas, S. (2018). Structural basis of latent TGF-β1 presentation and activation by GARP on human regulatory T cells. Science (New York, N.Y.), 362(6417), 952–956.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ng, K. K. (2009). Complete Guide to Semiconductor Devices. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Jung, G. (Ed.). (2012). Fluorescent Proteins II: Application of Fluorescent Protein Technology (Vol. 12). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Rathbone, M., & Rathbone, B. (2011). Helicobacter pylori and Gastric Cancer. In J. A. Z. Jankowski (Ed.), Inflammation and Gastrointestinal Cancers (pp. 83–97). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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
Fang, J. (2015, March 5). Can You Guess How Much a Stegosaurus Weighs? Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2005). Credit Reporting Literacy Survey Data, an E-supplement to GAO-05-223 (No. GAO-05-411SP). Washington, DC: 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
Nelson, J.-M. C. (2008). The effect of class size on a teacher’s job satisfaction in a southeastern urban LEA (Doctoral dissertation). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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
Pilon, M. (2013, July 18). Trainer Denies Giving Banned Drugs to Jamaican Sprinters. New York Times, p. B14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bower, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Ball, 2015; Cann, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Banfield & Young, 2009)
  • Three authors: (Tibi, Wiens, & Inoue, 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kurs et al., 2007)

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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