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
Lynden-Bell, D., 2010. Retrospective. Allan Sandage (1926-2010). Science 330, 1763.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ganopolski, A., Rahmstorf, S., 2001. Rapid changes of glacial climate simulated in a coupled climate model. Nature 409, 153–158.
A journal article with 3 authors
Renvall, V., Nangini, C., Hari, R., 2014. All that glitters is not BOLD: inconsistencies in functional MRI. Sci. Rep. 4, 3920.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Chikkatur, A.P., Shin, Y., Leanhardt, A.E., Kielpinski, D., Tsikata, E., Gustavson, T.L., Pritchard, D.E., Ketterle, W., 2002. A continuous source of Bose-Einstein condensed atoms. Science 296, 2193–2195.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nova, R., 2013. Soil Mechanics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Nova, I., Tronconi, E. (Eds.), 2014. Urea-SCR Technology for deNOx After Treatment of Diesel Exhausts, Fundamental and Applied Catalysis. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Smeulders, D., Cortis, A., Guermond, J.L., Lafarge, D., 2005. Pore Roughness Effects on Highfrequency Permeability, in: Gladwell, G.M.L., Huyghe, J.M., Raats, P.A.C., Cowin, S.C. (Eds.), IUTAM Symposium on Physicochemical and Electromechanical Interactions in Porous Media, Solid Mechanics and Its Applications. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 53–60.

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
Andrew, E., 2014. Science Goals For UK Lunar Mission Outlined [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, 2015. NASA: Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects [Reissued on March 26, 2015] (No. GAO-15-320SP). 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
Rodman, R.A., 2010. Casual factors that contribute to gender bias in career choice among junior high school age females (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
Robertson, C., 2017. No Stranger to Flooding, One Town Suffers Again. New York Times A13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lynden-Bell, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Ganopolski and Rahmstorf, 2001; Lynden-Bell, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Ganopolski and Rahmstorf, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Chikkatur et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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