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
Goldston, D. (2009). The new boss in town. Nature, 457(7225), 17.
A journal article with 2 authors
Eisen, J. A., & Fraser, C. M. (2003). Phylogenomics: intersection of evolution and genomics. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5626), 1706–1707.
A journal article with 3 authors
Biastoch, A., Böning, C. W., & Lutjeharms, J. R. E. (2008). Agulhas leakage dynamics affects decadal variability in Atlantic overturning circulation. Nature, 456(7221), 489–492.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ortmann, J. E., Liu, J. Y., Hu, J., Zhu, M., Peng, J., Matsuda, M., Ke, X., & Mao, Z. Q. (2013). Competition between antiferromagnetism and ferromagnetism in Sr2RuO4 probed by Mn and Co doping. Scientific Reports, 3, 2950.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schlechty, P. C. (2009). Leading for Learning. Jossey-Bass.
An edited book
Kerikmäe, T., & Rull, A. (Eds.). (2016). The Future of Law and eTechnologies (1st ed. 2016). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Cerqueira, E., Veloso, L., Neto, A., Curado, M., Mendes, P., & Monteiro, E. (2007). Q3M – QoS Architecture for Multi-user Mobile Multimedia Sessions in 4G systems. In D. Krishnaswamy, T. Pfeifer, & D. Raz (Eds.), Real-Time Mobile Multimedia Services: 10th IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Management of Multimedia and Mobile Networks and Services, MMNS 2007, San José, USA, October 31 - November 2, 2007 Proceedings (pp. 38–49). 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
Hale, T. (2017, March 16). A Dolphin Pod Put On Quite A Show In This Stunning Footage. 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. (2016). Information Technology: Agencies Need to Improve Their Application Inventories to Achieve Additional Savings (GAO-16-511). 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
Salters, D. D. (2008). The effects of independent reading on the reading comprehension skills of sixth-grade students [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Yoo, J. (2017, May 18). Forget Watergate. Think Iran-Contra. New York Times, A27.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Goldston, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Eisen & Fraser, 2003; Goldston, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Eisen & Fraser, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Biastoch et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ortmann et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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