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
Pollard, T. D. (2001). Genomics, the cytoskeleton and motility. Nature, 409(6822), 842–843.
A journal article with 2 authors
Nicewicz, D. A., & MacMillan, D. W. C. (2008). Merging photoredox catalysis with organocatalysis: the direct asymmetric alkylation of aldehydes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5898), 77–80.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tucker, W. C., Weber, T., & Chapman, E. R. (2004). Reconstitution of Ca2+-regulated membrane fusion by synaptotagmin and SNAREs. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304(5669), 435–438.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Park, I.-K., Qian, D., Kiel, M., Becker, M. W., Pihalja, M., Weissman, I. L., Morrison, S. J., & Clarke, M. F. (2003). Bmi-1 is required for maintenance of adult self-renewing haematopoietic stem cells. Nature, 423(6937), 302–305.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mullaney, M. D. (2009). The Complete Guide to Option Strategies. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Milicchio, F. (2007). Distributed Services with OpenAFS: for Enterprise and Education (W. A. Gehrke, Ed.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Nagasaki, M., Saito, A., Doi, A., Matsuno, H., & Miyano, S. (2009). Starting Cell Illustrator. In A. Saito, A. Doi, H. Matsuno, & S. Miyano (Eds.), Foundations of Systems Biology: Using Cell Illustrator® and Pathway Databases (pp. 25–74). 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 Addictive Behaviors Reports.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2016, June 20). World’s Most Ambitious Project To Explore Atlantic Ocean Kicks Off. 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. (2000). Health Care Access: Programs for Underserved Populations Could Be Improved (T-HEHS-00-81). 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
Aparicio, E. M. (2015). Examining Latina/o STEM degree aspirations [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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017, February 2). An Attack’s Fresh Resonance. New York Times, C6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pollard, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Nicewicz & MacMillan, 2008; Pollard, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Nicewicz & MacMillan, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Tucker et al., 2004)
  • 6 or more authors: (Park et al., 2003)

About the journal

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

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