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
Morsink, S. (2000). ASTROPHYSICS: Signs of Extreme Gravity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 290(5493), 945–946.
A journal article with 2 authors
LaDeau, S. L., & Clark, J. S. (2001). Rising CO2 levels and the fecundity of forest trees. Science (New York, N.Y.), 292(5514), 95–98.
A journal article with 3 authors
Joughin, I., Smith, B. E., & Medley, B. (2014). Marine ice sheet collapse potentially under way for the Thwaites Glacier Basin, West Antarctica. Science (New York, N.Y.), 344(6185), 735–738.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Schon, J. H., Kloc, C., Bucher, E., & Batlogg, B. (2000). Efficient organic photovoltaic diodes based on doped pentacene. Nature, 403(6768), 408–410.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Riegel, M., Kroeselberg, D., Chindapol, A., & Premec, D. (2009). Deploying Mobile WiMAX. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Cai, J.-Y., Cooper, S. B., & Li, A. (Eds.). (2006). Theory and Applications of Models of Computation: Third International Conference, TAMC 2006, Beijing, China, May 15-20, 2006. Proceedings (Vol. 3959). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Mernier, A. (2012). The Possible Role of the Energy Charter in Advancing Energy for Development in Africa. In F. L. Toth (Ed.), Energy for Development: Resources, Technologies, Environment (pp. 57–62). Springer Netherlands.

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
O`Callaghan, J. (2016, December 2). NASA Says Russian Spacecraft Explosion Will Not Affect Space Station Operations. 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. (1971). Assessment of the Teacher Corps Program at Northern Arizona University and Participating Schools on the Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations (B-164031(1)). 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
Turpin-Padberg, S. (2017). Effects of Elementary Teacher Preparation and Support on Retention [Doctoral dissertation]. Lindenwood 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
Fisher, L. (2008, February 17). QUOTATION OF THE DAY. New York Times, A2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Morsink, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (LaDeau & Clark, 2001; Morsink, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (LaDeau & Clark, 2001)
  • Three authors: (Joughin et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Schon et al., 2000)

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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