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
Paddock, S. (2002). Tech.Sight. Optical sectioning--slices of life. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5558), 1319–1321.
A journal article with 2 authors
Temmerman, S., & Kirwan, M. L. (2015). NATURAL HAZARDS. Building land with a rising sea. Science (New York, N.Y.), 349(6248), 588–589.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sweeney, K. E., Roering, J. J., & Ellis, C. (2015). GEOMORPHOLOGY. Experimental evidence for hillslope control of landscape scale. Science (New York, N.Y.), 349(6243), 51–53.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Teixeira, A., Tahiri-Alaoui, A., West, S., Thomas, B., Ramadass, A., Martianov, I., et al. (2004). Autocatalytic RNA cleavage in the human beta-globin pre-mRNA promotes transcription termination. Nature, 432(7016), 526–530.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cardon, A., & Itmi, M. (2016). New Autonomous Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bobenko, A. I. (Ed.). (2016). Advances in Discrete Differential Geometry. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Vanacken, L., Cuppens, E., Clerckx, T., & Coninx, K. (2007). Extending a Dialog Model with Contextual Knowledge. In M. Winckler, H. Johnson, & P. Palanque (Eds.), Task Models and Diagrams for User Interface Design: 6th International Workshop, TAMODIA 2007, Toulouse, France, November 7-9, 2007. Proceedings (pp. 28–41). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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
Taub, B. (2016, August 8). Human Brains Are Structurally The Same As Non-Human Primate Brains. 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. (2015). Strategic Sourcing: Opportunities Exist to Better Manage Information Technology Services Spending (No. GAO-15-549). 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
Hambarsoomian, H. (2017). Classification of Placental Chorionic Surface Vasculature Network Features Using Machine Learning Techniques (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
Hodgman, J. (2017, October 21). I Am Sorry for This Mess. New York Times, p. SR8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Paddock 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Paddock 2002; Temmerman and Kirwan 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Temmerman and Kirwan 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Teixeira et al. 2004)

About the journal

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

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