How to format your references using the Journal of Developmental Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Developmental Biology. 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
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Fabian, N. Economics: support low-carbon investment. Nature 2015, 519, 27–29.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Castro, J.M.; Dingwell, D.B. Rapid ascent of rhyolitic magma at Chaitén volcano, Chile. Nature 2009, 461, 780–783.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Whittier, S.K.; Hengge, A.C.; Loria, J.P. Conformational motions regulate phosphoryl transfer in related protein tyrosine phosphatases. Science 2013, 341, 899–903.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
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Wu, G.D.; Chen, J.; Hoffmann, C.; Bittinger, K.; Chen, Y.-Y.; Keilbaugh, S.A.; Bewtra, M.; Knights, D.; Walters, W.A.; Knight, R.; et al. Linking long-term dietary patterns with gut microbial enterotypes. Science 2011, 334, 105–108.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Matthews, G.A. Pesticides; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2015; ISBN 9781118975923.
An edited book
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Essays in Mathematics and its Applications: In Honor of Stephen Smale´s 80th Birthday; Pardalos, P.M., Rassias, T.M., Eds.; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012; ISBN 9783642288203.
A chapter in an edited book
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Fernández-Tobías, I.; Campos, P.G.; Cantador, I.; Díez, F. A Contextual Modeling Approach for Model-Based Recommender Systems. In Advances in Artificial Intelligence: 15th Conference of the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence, CAEPIA 2013, Madrid, Spain, September 17-20, 2013. Proceedings; Bielza, C., Salmerón, A., Alonso-Betanzos, A., Hidalgo, J.I., Martínez, L., Troncoso, A., Corchado, E., Corchado, J.M., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013; pp. 42–51 ISBN 9783642406423.

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 Biology.

Blog post
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Andrew, E. NASA Successfully Tests 3D-Printed Rocket Parts (accessed on Oct 30, 2018).

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office World Wide Web Sites: Reported by 42 Federal Organizations (Supplement to Internet and Electronic Dial-Up Bulletin Board System Activities: Information Reported by Federal Organizations); U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1997;

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
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Blackwell, P.K. Timbre Fantasy: An Analysis on Coloristic Choices in John Corigliano’s Etude Fantasy. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2017.

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
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Hodara, S. A Creative Enclave That Welcomes the Eclectic. New York Times 2017, RE13.

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 Biology
AbbreviationJ. Dev. Biol.
ISSN (online)2221-3759
Scope

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