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
Rishbeth, H., 2002. High above the Earth. Nature 418, 23.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ort, D.R., Long, S.P., 2014. Botany. Limits on yields in the Corn Belt. Science 344, 484–485.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bhavsar, A.P., Guttman, J.A., Finlay, B.B., 2007. Manipulation of host-cell pathways by bacterial pathogens. Nature 449, 827–834.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hodgkin, S.T., Oppenheimer, B.R., Hambly, N.C., Jameson, R.F., Smartt, S.J., Steele, I.A., 2000. Infrared spectrum of an extremely cool white-dwarf star. Nature 403, 57–59.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wagner, K., Doroslovački, M., 2013. Proportionate-Type Normalized Least Mean Square Algorithms. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ USA.
An edited book
Yamaguchi, T. (Ed.), 2008. Practical Aspects of Knowledge Management: 7th International Conference, PAKM 2008, Yokohama, Japan, November 22-23, 2008. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Xu, Z., Hickey, A.J., 2011. The Physics of Aerosol Droplet and Particle Generation from Inhalers, in: Smyth, H.D.C., Hickey, A.J. (Eds.), Controlled Pulmonary Drug Delivery. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 75–100.

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
Taub, B., 2016. New Research Reveals How Neurons “Grab” Memories [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, 2001. USDA Graduate School: Revenue Reporting Needs to Be Improved (No. GAO-02-5). 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
Cleveland, J.D., 2014. A comparative study of genetic diversities among exploited flatfishes of the California Slope with emphasis on Dover sole (Microstomus pacificus) (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
Vecsey, G., 2011. A Tiger and a Yankee Ponder Baseball’s Thrilling Finishes. New York Times B9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rishbeth, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Ort and Long, 2014; Rishbeth, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Ort and Long, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Hodgkin et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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