How to format your references using the Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 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
Eliopoulos, A. G. (2008). Cell signaling. “Make and brake” in signaling. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5889), 648–649.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lopatin, A. V., & Averianov, A. O. (2006). An aegialodontid upper molar and the evolution of mammal dentition. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5790), 1092.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yekta, S., Shih, I.-H., & Bartel, D. P. (2004). MicroRNA-directed cleavage of HOXB8 mRNA. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5670), 594–596.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Schwab, S. R., Li, K. C., Kang, C., & Shastri, N. (2003). Constitutive display of cryptic translation products by MHC class I molecules. Science (New York, N.Y.), 301(5638), 1367–1371.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Davino, C., Furno, M., & Vistocco, D. (2014). Quantile Regression: Theory and Applications. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Dominik, J. (2010). Heart Valve Surgery: An Illustrated Guide. (P. Zacek, Ed.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Füss, R., Kaiser, D. G., & Adams, Z. (2016). Value at Risk, GARCH Modelling and the Forecasting of Hedge Fund Return Volatility. In S. Satchell (Ed.), Derivatives and Hedge Funds (pp. 91–117). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

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 Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, May 27). World’s Oldest Broken Bone Pushes Back Our Transition to Land by Two Million Years. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (1988). Investing in the Very Young (No. 137163). 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
Scharf, M. T. (2015). Comparing Student Cumulative Course Grades, Attrition, and Satisfaction in Traditional and Virtual Classroom Environments (Doctoral dissertation). Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

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
Feeney, K. (2009, March 22). An Empire’s New Outpost. New York Times, p. NJ9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Eliopoulos 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Eliopoulos 2008; Lopatin and Averianov 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Lopatin and Averianov 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Schwab et al. 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleReview Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
AbbreviationRev. J. Autism Dev. Disord.
ISSN (print)2195-7177
ISSN (online)2195-7185
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience
Developmental Neuroscience

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