How to format your references using the Behavior Genetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Behavior Genetics. 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
Grangier P (2012) Physics. Room for just one photon. Science 336:812–813
A journal article with 2 authors
Bradshaw WE, Holzapfel CM (2006) Climate change. Evolutionary response to rapid climate change. Science 312:1477–1478
A journal article with 3 authors
Wible B, Mervis J, Wigginton NS (2014) The global supply chain. Rethinking the global supply chain. Introduction. Science 344:1100–1103
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Zhou Q, Brown J, Kanarek A, et al (2008) In vivo reprogramming of adult pancreatic exocrine cells to beta-cells. Nature 455:627–632

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ferdjallah M (2011) Introduction to Digital Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Chang KC-C, Wang W, Chen L, et al (eds) (2007) Advances in Web and Network Technologies, and Information Management: APWeb/WAIM 2007 International Workshops: DBMAN 2007, WebETrends 2007, PAIS 2007 and ASWAN 2007, Huang Shan, China, June 16-18, 2007. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Mattam M (2012) Protocol for Secure Submissions into Learning Management Systems. In: Thampi SM, Zomaya AY, Strufe T, et al. (eds) Recent Trends in Computer Networks and Distributed Systems Security: International Conference, SNDS 2012, Trivandrum, India, October 11-12, 2012. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 45–53

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 Behavior Genetics.

Blog post
Andrew D (2015) Watch Uranium Emit Radiation. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/chemistry/watch-uranium-emit-radiation/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (1987) FAA Work Force Issues. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Pearson RS (2008) Relationship Banking in a Competitive Environment With and Without Information Sharing: The Importance of Credit Bureaus in Microfinance. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University

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
Burghardt LF (2006) The Legacies They Left. New York Times 14LI6

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Grangier 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Bradshaw and Holzapfel 2006; Grangier 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Bradshaw and Holzapfel 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhou et al. 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleBehavior Genetics
AbbreviationBehav. Genet.
ISSN (print)0001-8244
ISSN (online)1573-3297
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Genetics
Genetics(clinical)

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