How to format your references using the Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. 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
Davé, R. (2015). Computational astrophysics: Monstrous galaxies unmasked. Nature, 525(7570), 465–466.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sigala, N., & Logothetis, N. K. (2002). Visual categorization shapes feature selectivity in the primate temporal cortex. Nature, 415(6869), 318–320.
A journal article with 3 authors
Budd, G. E., Butterfield, N. J., & Jensen, S. (2001). Crustaceans and the “Cambrian explosion.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5549), 2047.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kahan-Hanum, M., Douek, Y., Adar, R., & Shapiro, E. (2013). A library of programmable DNAzymes that operate in a cellular environment. Scientific reports, 3, 1535.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ursone, P. (2015). How to Calculate Options Prices and Their Greeks. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Fricker, G., Ott, M., & Mahringer, A. (Eds.). (2014). The Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) (Vol. 10). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Pruteanu-Podpiera, A., Weill, L., & Schobert, F. (2016). Banking Competition and Efficiency: A Micro-Data Analysis on the Czech Banking Industry. In J. C. Brada & P. Wachtel (Eds.), Global Banking Crises and Emerging Markets (pp. 52–74). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

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 Developmental and Life-Course Criminology.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2015, May 6). Fracking Chemicals Discovered In Drinking Water. IFLScience. IFLScience. 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. (1977). Navigation Systems (No. 094674). 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
Lovejoy, L. P. (2010). On the control of selective attention in the primate superior colliculus (Doctoral dissertation). University of California San Diego, La Jolla, 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
Vecsey, G. (2011, October 23). A Love Story Affirmed Life In Time of War. New York Times, p. SP6.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology
AbbreviationJ. Dev. Life Course Criminol.
ISSN (print)2199-4641
ISSN (online)2199-465X

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