How to format your references using the Aggression and Violent Behavior citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Aggression and Violent Behavior. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Lindenberger, U. (2014). Human cognitive aging: corriger la fortune? Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6209), 572–578.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wilson, C. G., & Sherman, P. W. (2010). Anciently asexual bdelloid rotifers escape lethal fungal parasites by drying up and blowing away. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5965), 574–576.
A journal article with 3 authors
Enquist, B. J., Haskell, J. P., & Tiffney, B. H. (2002). General patterns of taxonomic and biomass partitioning in extant and fossil plant communities. Nature, 419(6907), 610–613.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Setiawan, J., Henning, T., Launhardt, R., Müller, A., Weise, P., & Kürster, M. (2008). A young massive planet in a star-disk system. Nature, 451(7174), 38–41.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Arboleda, H., & Royer, J.-C. (2012). Model-Driven and Software Product Line Engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Bunt, H., Bos, J., & Pulman, S. (Eds.). (2014). Computing Meaning: Volume 4 (Vol. 47). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Cocks, M. (2010). What is Biocultural Diversity? A Theoretical Review. In D. G. Bates & J. Tucker (Eds.), Human Ecology: Contemporary Research and Practice (pp. 67–77). Springer US.

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 Aggression and Violent Behavior.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, August 13). Two-Headed Dolphin Washes Up On Turkish Beach. 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. (2014). Public Transit: Length of Development Process, Cost Estimates, and Ridership Forecasts for Capital-Investment Grant Projects (GAO-14-472). 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
Kramer, K. A. (2010). System for Identifying Plankton from the SIPPER Instrument Platform [Doctoral dissertation]. University of South Florida.

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
Bilton, N. (2013, October 9). All Is Fair in Love and Twitter. New York Times, MM22.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lindenberger, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Lindenberger, 2014; Wilson & Sherman, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Wilson & Sherman, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Enquist et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Setiawan et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleAggression and Violent Behavior
AbbreviationAggress. Violent Behav.
ISSN (print)1359-1789
ScopePathology and Forensic Medicine
Psychiatry and Mental health
Clinical Psychology

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