How to format your references using the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Ivins, E. R. (2009). Ocean science. Ice sheet stability and sea level. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5929), 888–889.
A journal article with 2 authors
Marinoni, C., & Buzzi, A. (2010). A geometric measure of dark energy with pairs of galaxies. Nature, 468(7323), 539–541.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lapointe, C. P., Mason, T. G., & Smalyukh, I. I. (2009). Shape-controlled colloidal interactions in nematic liquid crystals. Science (New York, N.Y.), 326(5956), 1083–1086.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Li, J., Guan, X., Shaw, N., Chen, W., Dong, Y., Xu, X., et al. (2014). Homotypic dimerization of a maltose kinase for molecular scaffolding. Scientific reports, 4, 6418.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Coenen, T. (2008). Essentials of Corporate Fraud. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Delgado, J. M. P. Q. (Ed.). (2012). Heat and Mass Transfer in Porous Media (Vol. 13). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Groner, R. (2015). The New Rules of Engagement: Social Media, Online Games, and the New Wave of Digital Conflict and Competition. In G. Einav (Ed.), The New World of Transitioned Media: Digital Realignment and Industry Transformation (pp. 53–61). Cham: 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 Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, November 4). Songbirds Share Our Musical Scales. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1995). Travel of Government Officials on Government Aircraft (No. T-NSIAD-96-85). 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
Fister, T. W. (2017). Activating the art classroom: Combining critical pedagogy, visual culture and socially engaged art to promote agency amongst high school students (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Kelly, R. (1998, October 11). Are You Now or Have You Ever Been . . . New York Times, p. 76.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ivins 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Ivins 2009; Marinoni and Buzzi 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Marinoni and Buzzi 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Li et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
AbbreviationJ. Autism Dev. Disord.
ISSN (print)0162-3257
ISSN (online)1573-3432
ScopeDevelopmental and Educational Psychology

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