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
Saibil, H.R., 2013. Biochemistry. Machinery to reverse irreversible aggregates. Science 339, 1040–1041.
A journal article with 2 authors
Trujillo, C.A., Sheppard, S.S., 2014. A Sedna-like body with a perihelion of 80 astronomical units. Nature 507, 471–474.
A journal article with 3 authors
Semenov, V., Dyadechkin, S., Punsly, B., 2004. Simulations of jets driven by black hole rotation. Science 305, 978–980.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gunn, K.C., Cutfield, W.S., Hofman, P.L., Jefferies, C.A., Albert, B.B., Gunn, A.J., 2014. Constitutional delay influences the auxological response to growth hormone treatment in children with short stature and growth hormone sufficiency. Sci. Rep. 4, 6061.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pandrea, N., Stănescu, N.-D., 2015. Dynamics of the Rigid Solid with General Constraints by a Multibody Approach. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Collins, C.S., Lee, M.N.N., Hawkins, J.N., Neubauer, D.E. (Eds.), 2016. The Palgrave Handbook of Asia Pacific Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Gellrich, V., Knepper, T.P., 2012. Sorption and Leaching Behavior of Perfluorinated Compounds in Soil, in: Knepper, T.P., Lange, F.T. (Eds.), Polyfluorinated Chemicals and Transformation Products, The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 63–72.

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
Andrews, R., 2015. Researchers Use Mutated Gene To “Handicap” Ebola Virus Growth [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, 1995. Tax Systems Modernization: Unmanaged Risks Threaten Success (No. T-AIMD-95-86). 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
McCorkle, W.B., 2005. Tongue, Nib, Block, Bit: Rhetorical Delivery and Technologies of Writing (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Mccain, J., 2017. We Must Support Human Rights. New York Times A21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Saibil, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Saibil, 2013; Trujillo and Sheppard, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Trujillo and Sheppard, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Gunn et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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