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Developmental Dynamics Formatting: Home

A guide to help CSULB Biology students format their theses and other projects.

Formatting your citations

The CSULB Biology department has adopted the Developmental Dynamics journal citation format for its theses, and many other class projects require the same format.  The format for citing a journal article is as follows:

Author 1 last name first initial, Author 2 last name First initial. Year.  Title of article.
Journal Title Abbreviation Volume Number: page numbers.


Cumano A, Dieterlen-Lievre F, Godin I. 1996. Lymphoid potential, probed before circulation in mouse, is restricted to
caudal intraembryonic splanchnopleura. Cell 86: 907-91.

Citation Examples

Journal Article Citation Example:

Freeman G. 1963. Lens regeneration from
     cornea in Xenopus laevis. J Exp Zool

Kamachi Y, Uchikawa M, Collignon J,
    Lovell-Badge R, Kondoh H. 1998.
    Involvement of Sox1, 2 and 3 in the
    early and subsequent molecular events
    of lens induction. Development 125:

In-text citations

Within the body of the text:

1 author

(Meyer, 2001)

2 authors

(Knoepfler and Eisenman, 1999)

3 or more authors

(Xong et al., 2004)

Multiple citations are separated by a semicolon.

Using EndNote

Developmental Dynamics is available as a style in EndNote.  If you are using EndNote to format your paper, create a bibliography and simply select Developmental Dynamics. 

EndNote Web is available from the library.  Open any ISI database (Biological Abstracts, Zoo Record, or Web of Science) and click MyEndNoteWeb at the top of the page to create your own account.

Using RefWorks

When using RefWorks (available from the library) to format your papers / citations, you will find Developmental Dynamics as an option.  However, the result is imperfect, it fails to provide a hanging indent in the bibliography.

You can either edit your bibliography after you create it, or create your own edited style in RefWorks.

The instructions are basically:
Click on Bibliography – Output Style Editor
Select Developmental Dynamics
Rename it (something like DD with Hanging Indents)
Click view at the bottom.
Click Bibliography Settings
Under Indent Setting select hanging indents
Click Save As.