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
Marín, O. (2010). Journal club. A developmental neurobiologist looks at how damage induces cell birth in the adult brain. Nature, 465(7297), 401.
A journal article with 2 authors
Matouschek, A., & Finley, D. (2012). Cell biology. An ancient portal to proteolysis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6096), 813–814.
A journal article with 3 authors
Egholm, D. L., Knudsen, M. F., & Sandiford, M. (2013). Lifespan of mountain ranges scaled by feedbacks between landsliding and erosion by rivers. Nature, 498(7455), 475–478.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhou, L., Ou, Q.-D., Chen, J.-D., Shen, S., Tang, J.-X., Li, Y.-Q., & Lee, S.-T. (2014). Light manipulation for organic optoelectronics using bio-inspired moth’s eye nanostructures. Scientific Reports, 4, 4040.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Yakir, B. (2013). Extremes in Random Fields: A Theory and its Applications. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Dickenstein, A., Schreyer, F.-O., & Sommese, A. J. (Eds.). (2008). Algorithms in Algebraic Geometry (Vol. 146). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Tveito, A., Langtangen, H. P., Nielsen, B. F., & Cai, X. (2010). The Method of Least Squares. In H. P. Langtangen, B. F. Nielsen, & X. Cai (Eds.), Elements of Scientific Computing (pp. 147–193). 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
Hale, T. (2017, March 27). Scientists Launch Search For The Supposedly Extinct Tasmanian Tiger. 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. (1992). Apprenticeship Training: Administration, Use, and Equal Opportunity (HRD-92-43). 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
Kurtz, W. A. (2017). Under the Balaclava: A Case Study Examining Habits Within the Identity of Elite Counterterrorists [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
Schwirtz, M., & Rashbaum, W. K. (2017, May 8). Accused of Spying, a New York City Correction Official Is Removed. New York Times, A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Marín, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Marín, 2010; Matouschek & Finley, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Matouschek & Finley, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Egholm et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Zhou et al., 2014)

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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