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
Mank, J.E., 2009. Evolution. Sexual selection and Darwin’s mystery of mysteries. Science 326, 1639–1640.
A journal article with 2 authors
Knesel, K.M., Davidson, J.P., 2002. Insights into collisional magmatism from isotopic fingerprints of melting reactions. Science 296, 2206–2208.
A journal article with 3 authors
Blake, R.E., Chang, S.J., Lepland, A., 2010. Phosphate oxygen isotopic evidence for a temperate and biologically active Archaean ocean. Nature 464, 1029–1032.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Bergeron, D.E., Castleman, A.W., Jr, Morisato, T., Khanna, S.N., 2004. Formation of Al13I-: evidence for the superhalogen character of Al13. Science 304, 84–87.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hyatt, T.K., Hopkins, B.R., 2013. The Law of Tax-Exempt Healthcare Organizations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Aybek, C.M., Huinink, J., Muttarak, R. (Eds.), 2015. Spatial Mobility, Migration, and Living Arrangements. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Ghosh, P., Dey, R., Roy, K., Bhattacharjee, D., Nashipuri, M., 2016. Microscopic Image Segmentation Using Hybrid Technique for Dengue Prediction, in: Bhattacharyya, S., Dutta, P., De, S., Klepac, G. (Eds.), Hybrid Soft Computing for Image Segmentation. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 109–136.

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
Hamilton, K., 2015. This Is What A World Map Looks Like When Scaled According To Population Size [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, 1988. Highway Safety: Monitoring Practices To Show Compliance With Speed Limits Should Be Reexamined (No. RCED-88-93BR). 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
Wicks, C.F., 2017. The Self-Concept of Students in Remediation in a Rural Community College in Mississippi (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
McWHORTER, J., 2017. How to Listen to Donald Trump Every Day for Years. New York Times SR1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mank, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Knesel and Davidson, 2002; Mank, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Knesel and Davidson, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Bergeron et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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