How to format your references using the Addictive Behaviors Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Addictive Behaviors Reports. 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
Ghahramani, Z. (2015). Probabilistic machine learning and artificial intelligence. Nature, 521(7553), 452–459.
A journal article with 2 authors
Crandall, K. A., & Buhay, J. E. (2004). Evolution. Genomic databases and the tree of life. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5699), 1144–1145.
A journal article with 3 authors
Panday, V., Tiest, W. M. B., & Kappers, A. M. L. (2014). Integration of length and curvature in haptic perception. Scientific Reports, 4, 3856.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hou, S., Larsen, R. W., Boudko, D., Riley, C. W., Karatan, E., Zimmer, M., Ordal, G. W., & Alam, M. (2000). Myoglobin-like aerotaxis transducers in Archaea and Bacteria. Nature, 403(6769), 540–544.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ahonen, T. T., Kasper, T., & Melkko, S. (2005). 3G Marketing. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Olivares-Tirado, P. (2014). Trends and Factors in Japan’s Long-Term Care Insurance System: Japan’s 10-year Experience (N. Tamiya, Ed.). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Wadkar, S., & Siddalingaiah, M. (2014). Hadoop Administration. In M. Siddalingaiah (Ed.), Pro Apache Hadoop (pp. 47–72). Apress.

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 Addictive Behaviors Reports.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, August 24). EPA Knew About The Risk Of Mine Blowout. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1989). Tactical Airlift: Issues Concerning Air Force Plans for Pacific Distribution System (NSIAD-89-81). 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
Wilson, M. W. (2012). Angels in Tinseltown: Health insurance, hormone use, and HIV among transgender women in Los Angeles [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Wagner, J. (2016, September 7). Seven More Call-Ups, Four Homers and a Victory. New York Times, B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ghahramani, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Crandall & Buhay, 2004; Ghahramani, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Crandall & Buhay, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Panday et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Hou et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleAddictive Behaviors Reports
AbbreviationAddict. Behav. Rep.
ISSN (print)2352-8532

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