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
Sarewitz, D., 2010. World view: Not by experts alone. Nature 466, 688.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schnell, J.R., Chou, J.J., 2008. Structure and mechanism of the M2 proton channel of influenza A virus. Nature 451, 591–595.
A journal article with 3 authors
Saether, B.-E., Engen, S., Matthysen, E., 2002. Demographic characteristics and population dynamical patterns of solitary birds. Science 295, 2070–2073.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Bhat, M.H., Molinero, V., Soignard, E., Solomon, V.C., Sastry, S., Yarger, J.L., Angell, C.A., 2007. Vitrification of a monatomic metallic liquid. Nature 448, 787–790.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ng, K.K., 2009. Complete Guide to Semiconductor Devices. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Sansone, C., Kittler, J., Roli, F. (Eds.), 2011. Multiple Classifier Systems: 10th International Workshop, MCS 2011, Naples, Italy, June 15-17, 2011. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Assens, C., Lemeur, A.C., 2016. Governance of a Network of Networks: Case Studies, in: Lemeur, A.C. (Ed.), Networks Governance, Partnership Management and Coalitions Federation. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp. 38–60.

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
Luntz, S., 2015. Cosmic Radiation Not Driving Global Warming, But Can Influence Annual Temperature [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, 2007. Digital Television Transition: Questions on the DTV Converter Box Subsidy Program and a DTV Inter-Agency Task Force (No. GAO-08-297R). 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
White, B.D., 2015. Implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support at the High School Level (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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
MONICA KELLY; Monica Kelly lives in Larchmont, 1988. Three Crows Cause a Neighbor to Take Flights of Fancy. New York Times 12WC32.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sarewitz, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Sarewitz, 2010; Schnell and Chou, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Schnell and Chou, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Bhat et al., 2007)

About the journal

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

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