How to format your references using the Review of Development Finance citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Review of Development Finance. 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
Collinge, J., 2012. Cell biology. The risk of prion zoonoses. Science 335, 411–413.
A journal article with 2 authors
Levine, A.J., Puzio-Kuter, A.M., 2010. The control of the metabolic switch in cancers by oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. Science 330, 1340–1344.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lee, D.-H., Kwon, K.-H., Yi, C.S., 2011. Selective catalytic C-H alkylation of alkenes with alcohols. Science 333, 1613–1616.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Rowland, H.D., King, W.P., Pethica, J.B., Cross, G.L.W., 2008. Molecular confinement accelerates deformation of entangled polymers during squeeze flow. Science 322, 720–724.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ward, S., 2014. TraderMind. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Avraham, E., 2016. Tourism Marketing for Developing Countries: Battling Stereotypes and Crises in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Godemann, J., 2011. Sustainable Communication as an Inter- and Transdisciplinary Discipline, in: Godemann, J., Michelsen, G. (Eds.), Sustainability Communication: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Theoretical Foundation. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 39–51.

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 of Development Finance.

Blog post
Andrew, D., 2016. Here’s What Eating Junk Food Does To Your Gut Bacteria [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1984. Major Federal Research and Development Agencies Are Implementing the Patent and Trademark Amendments of 1980 (No. RCED-84-26). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Alvarez, C., 2015. Support groups for children of depressed parents: A grant proposal (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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. Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ Breaks a Global Record. New York Times C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Collinge, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Collinge, 2012; Levine and Puzio-Kuter, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Levine and Puzio-Kuter, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Rowland et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleReview of Development Finance
AbbreviationRev. Dev. Fin.
ISSN (print)1879-9337
ScopeEconomics and Econometrics

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