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
Lincoln, T. (2000). Cardiac arrest can be less of a gamble. Nature, 408(6810), 302.
A journal article with 2 authors
Joyce, J. A., & Fearon, D. T. (2015). T cell exclusion, immune privilege, and the tumor microenvironment. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348(6230), 74–80.
A journal article with 3 authors
Paggi, M., Pohrt, R., & Popov, V. L. (2014). Partial-slip frictional response of rough surfaces. Scientific Reports, 4, 5178.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kamanu, T. K. K., Radovanovic, A., Archer, J. A. C., & Bajic, V. B. (2013). Exploration of miRNA families for hypotheses generation. Scientific Reports, 3, 2940.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Silverstein, D., Samuel, P., & Decarlo, N. (2008). The Innovator’s Toolkit. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Agresta, F., Campanile, F. C., Anania, G., & Bergamini, C. (Eds.). (2016). Emergency Laparoscopy. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Huo, W. M., Panesi, M., & Magin, T. E. (2012). Ionization Phenomena behind Shock Waves. In R. Brun (Ed.), High Temperature Phenomena in Shock Waves (pp. 149–192). 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
Davis, J. (2016, July 14). Stand-up Comedians Are More Likely To Die Prematurely, With The Funniest Most Likely To Go First. 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. (1993). Airline Competition: Strategies for Addressing Financial and Competitive Problems in the Airline Industry (T-RCED-93-11). 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
Kang, E. Y. (2010). Late Twentieth-Century Piano Concert Etudes: A Style Study [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Cincinnati.

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. (2009, April 19). A Japanese Immersion Course. New York Times, NJ12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lincoln, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Joyce & Fearon, 2015; Lincoln, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Joyce & Fearon, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Paggi et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kamanu et al., 2013)

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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