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
Earle, S. (2010). Q&A: Sylvia Earle on protecting our seas. Nature, 465(7295), 165.
A journal article with 2 authors
Drakesmith, H., & Prentice, A. M. (2012). Hepcidin and the iron-infection axis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6108), 768–772.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fasel, R., Parschau, M., & Ernst, K.-H. (2006). Amplification of chirality in two-dimensional enantiomorphous lattices. Nature, 439(7075), 449–452.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Oganesyan, G., Saha, S. K., Guo, B., He, J. Q., Shahangian, A., Zarnegar, B., et al. (2006). Critical role of TRAF3 in the Toll-like receptor-dependent and -independent antiviral response. Nature, 439(7073), 208–211.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Barone, S., & Franco, E. L. (2012). Statistical and Managerial Techniques for Six Sigma Methodology. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Van Breussegem, T. (2013). CMOS Integrated Capacitive DC-DC Converters. (M. Steyaert, Ed.). New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Wu, Y., Chen, H.-D., Li, Y.-H., Gao, X.-H., & Preedy, V. R. (2012). Antioxidants and skin: an overview. In V. R. Preedy (Ed.), Handbook of diet, nutrition and the skin (pp. 68–90). Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers.

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
Carpineti, A. (2017, May 17). Exoplanet As Dense As Styrofoam Might Teach Us A Lot About Planetary Atmospheres. 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. (2010). Information Technology: Opportunities Exist to Improve Management of DOD’s Electronic Health Record Initiative (No. GAO-11-50). 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
Rutherford, C. (2010). The education of Dr. Khalil Totah (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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017, August 10). In Pursuit of a Social Media Mirage. New York Times, p. C10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Earle 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Drakesmith and Prentice 2012; Earle 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Drakesmith and Prentice 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Oganesyan et al. 2006)

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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