How to format your references using the Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education. 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
Clayton, R. N. (2006). Planetary science: Meteorites and their parent asteroids. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5794), 1743–1744.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mokranjac, D., & Neupert, W. (2015). Cell biology: Architecture of a protein entry gate. Nature, 528(7581), 201–202.
A journal article with 3 authors
Davidson, E. A., Trumbore, S. E., & Amundson, R. (2000). Soil warming and organic carbon content. Nature, 408(6814), 789–790.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Kloer, D. P., Ruch, S., Al-Babili, S., Beyer, P., & Schulz, G. E. (2005). The structure of a retinal-forming carotenoid oxygenase. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5719), 267–269.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pike, A. (2015). Origination. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Huang, D.-S., Bevilacqua, V., Figueroa, J. C., & Premaratne, P. (Eds.). (2013). Intelligent Computing Theories: 9th International Conference, ICIC 2013, Nanning, China, July 28-31, 2013. Proceedings (Vol. 7995). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Beal, D. N., & Bandyopadhyay, P. R. (2010). A harmonic model of hydrodynamic forces produced by a flapping fin. In G. K. Taylor, M. S. Triantafyllou, & C. Tropea (Eds.), Animal Locomotion (pp. 37–44). 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 Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2016, May 2). It’s The Year 2020…How’s Your Cybersecurity? 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. (1999). Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Federal Business Continuity and Contingency Plans and Day One Strategies (No. T-AIMD-00-40). 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
Mayo, J. (2010). Rates and factors associated with child maltreatment recurrence for children from birth to 5 years of age in Ventura County (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
Pilon, M. (2012, April 22). Finding Economic Lessons In Fading Era of Card Shows. New York Times, p. SP8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Clayton 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Clayton 2006; Mokranjac and Neupert 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Mokranjac and Neupert 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Kloer et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleAnnals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education
ISSN (online)2365-502X

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