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
Chapman, T. (2003). Lab automation and robotics: Automation on the move. Nature, 421(6923), 661, 663, 665–666.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sahin, E., & Depinho, R. A. (2010). Linking functional decline of telomeres, mitochondria and stem cells during ageing. Nature, 464(7288), 520–528.
A journal article with 3 authors
Raviv, U., Laurat, P., & Klein, J. (2001). Fluidity of water confined to subnanometre films. Nature, 413(6851), 51–54.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mukhtasimova, N., Lee, W. Y., Wang, H.-L., & Sine, S. M. (2009). Detection and trapping of intermediate states priming nicotinic receptor channel opening. Nature, 459(7245), 451–454.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Heller, D. (2011). Hairspray. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Filipe, J., & Cordeiro, J. (Eds.). (2012). Web Information Systems and Technologies: 7th International Conference, WEBIST 2011, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands, May 6-9, 2011, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 101). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Chang, J.-H. (2014). Recent Developments in Poly(butylene terephthalate) Nanocomposites. In J. K. Pandey, K. R. Reddy, A. K. Mohanty, & M. Misra (Eds.), Handbook of Polymernanocomposites. Processing, Performance and Application: Volume A: Layered Silicates (pp. 293–317). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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
Andrew, E. (2014, August 4). Scientists Develop Technique To Produce Self-Assembling Anticancer Molecules In Minutes. 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. (1999). Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Readiness of Medicare and the Health Care Sector (No. T-AIMD-99-160). 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
Djajalaksana, Y. M. (2011). A National Survey of Instructional Strategies Used to Teach Information Systems Courses: An Exploratory Investigation (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Sisario, B. (2017, January 23). Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ at No. 1 for Third Week. New York Times, p. C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chapman, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Chapman, 2003; Sahin & Depinho, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Sahin & Depinho, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Raviv, Laurat, & Klein, 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Mukhtasimova, Lee, Wang, & Sine, 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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