How to format your references using the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Reproductive and Infant 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.
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
Kerr, R. A. (2000). The Sun Again Intrudes on Earth’s Decadal Climate Change. Science (New York, N.Y.), 288(5473), 1986.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mochida, S., & Hunt, T. (2007). Calcineurin is required to release Xenopus egg extracts from meiotic M phase. Nature, 449(7160), 336–340.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nam, J.-M., Thaxton, C. S., & Mirkin, C. A. (2003). Nanoparticle-based bio-bar codes for the ultrasensitive detection of proteins. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5641), 1884–1886.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kawakatsu, H., Kumar, P., Takei, Y., Shinohara, M., Kanazawa, T., Araki, E., & Suyehiro, K. (2009). Seismic evidence for sharp lithosphere-asthenosphere boundaries of oceanic plates. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5926), 499–502.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
AIChE technical manual. (1998). Dow’s Chemical Exposure Index Guide. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Choi, K. K. (2005). Structural Sensitivity Analysis and Optimization 2: Nonlinear Systems and Applications (N. H. Kim, Ed.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Müller, T., Taubmann, B., & Freiling, F. C. (2012). TreVisor. In F. Bao, P. Samarati, & J. Zhou (Eds.), Applied Cryptography and Network Security: 10th International Conference, ACNS 2012, Singapore, June 26-29, 2012. Proceedings (pp. 66–83). 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 Reproductive and Infant Psychology.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2017, March 16). China’s Gargantuan Smog Problem Linked To Melting Arctic Ice. 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. (2011). Traffic and Vehicle Safety: Reauthorization Offers Opportunities to Extend Recent Progress (GAO-11-866T). 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
Chapman, T. W. (2017). Evaluating the δ13C Value of n-Alkanes as a Recorder of Atmospheric Chemistry [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Louisiana.

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
Crow, K. (2000, September 17). The Student, the Sleuth and the Mysterious Pillow. New York Times, 141.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kerr, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Kerr, 2000; Mochida & Hunt, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Mochida & Hunt, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Nam et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Kawakatsu et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Reprod. Infant Psychol.
ISSN (print)0264-6838
ISSN (online)1469-672X
ScopeObstetrics and Gynaecology
Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
Reproductive Medicine
General Psychology

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