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
Witmer, L. M. (2001). Nostril position in dinosaurs and other vertebrates and its significance for nasal function. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5531), 850–853.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vaupel, J. W., & Loichinger, E. (2006). Redistributing work in aging Europe. Science (New York, N.Y.), 312(5782), 1911–1913.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pendry, J. B., Luo, Y., & Zhao, R. (2015). Transforming the optical landscape. Science (New York, N.Y.), 348(6234), 521–524.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lee, S. J., Evers, S., Roeder, D., Parlow, A. F., Risteli, J., Risteli, L., Lee, Y. C., Feizi, T., Langen, H., & Nussenzweig, M. C. (2002). Mannose receptor-mediated regulation of serum glycoprotein homeostasis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5561), 1898–1901.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Minoli, D. (2005). Nanotechnology Applications to Telecommunications and Networking. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Shafer, W. M. (Ed.). (2006). Antimicrobial Peptides and Human Disease (Vol. 306). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Farrell, H. M., Brown, E. M., & Malin, E. L. (2013). Higher Order Structures of the Caseins: A Paradox? In P. L. H. McSweeney & P. F. Fox (Eds.), Advanced Dairy Chemistry: Volume 1A: Proteins: Basic Aspects, 4th Edition (pp. 161–184). Springer US.

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
Fang, J. (2015, August 11). Ancient Humans Had A Lot More DNA Than We Do. 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. (1995). Head Start: Information on Federal Funds Unspent by Program Grantees (HEHS-96-64). 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
Osifalujo, A. (2015). Code-switching in Working African Americans: Internalized Racism, Minority Status, and Organizational Commitment [Doctoral dissertation]. Southern Illinois University.

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
Poniewozik, J. (2017, February 7). A Hero’s Journey Is a Real Head Trip. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Witmer, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Vaupel & Loichinger, 2006; Witmer, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Vaupel & Loichinger, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Pendry et al., 2015)
  • 6 or more authors: (Lee et al., 2002)

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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