How to format your references using the Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology. 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
Wigzell, H. (2007). Science & Politics: when ministers are well primed. Nature, 449(7163), 663.
A journal article with 2 authors
Geschwind, D. H., & Konopka, G. (2009). Neuroscience in the era of functional genomics and systems biology. Nature, 461(7266), 908–915.
A journal article with 3 authors
Royle, N. J., Russell, A. F., & Wilson, A. J. (2014). The evolution of flexible parenting. Science (New York, N.Y.), 345(6198), 776–781.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Petreanu, L., Mao, T., Sternson, S. M., & Svoboda, K. (2009). The subcellular organization of neocortical excitatory connections. Nature, 457(7233), 1142–1145.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dacey, J. S., Mack, M. D., & Fiore, L. B. (2016). Your Anxious Child. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Lu, M. Q. (Ed.). (2015). Approaching China’s Pharmaceutical Market: A Fundamental Guide to Clinical Drug Development. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Capozza, I. (2006). A dynamic game of technology diffusion under emissions trading: an experiment. In R. Antes, B. Hansjürgens, & P. Letmathe (Eds.), Emissions Trading and Business (pp. 53–71). Heidelberg: Physica-Verlag HD.

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 Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2015, July 10). First Brain-to-Brain Interface Could Revolutionize Neuroscience. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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. (2014). Information Technology: HUD Can Take Additional Actions to Improve Its Governance (No. GAO-15-56). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Stevens, W. (2010). Using emotional intelligence as a leadership strategy to make good leaders great (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2007, February 27). Justices Decline Case on 200-Year Sentence For Man Who Possessed Child Pornography. New York Times, p. A13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wigzell 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Geschwind and Konopka 2009; Wigzell 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Geschwind and Konopka 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Petreanu et al. 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleAdaptive Human Behavior and Physiology
AbbreviationAdapt. Human Behav. Physiol.
ISSN (online)2198-7335

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