How to format your references using the Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science. 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
Smaglik, P. (2002). Talent tug-of-war. Nature, 417(6887), 3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sheinin, M. Y., & Wang, M. D. (2012). Biochemistry. A DNA twist diffuses and hops. Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6103), 56–57.
A journal article with 3 authors
Titus, T. N., Kieffer, H. H., & Christensen, P. R. (2003). Exposed water ice discovered near the south pole of Mars. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5609), 1048–1051.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Mir, M., Kim, T., Majumder, A., Xiang, M., Wang, R., Liu, S. C., … Popescu, G. (2014). Label-free characterization of emerging human neuronal networks. Scientific Reports, 4, 4434.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Derbyshire, E. (2011). Nutrition in the Childbearing Years. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Rzoska, S. J., & Zhelezny, V. P. (Eds.). (2005). Nonlinear Dielectric Phenomena in Complex Liquids (Vol. 157). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Futer, D., Kalfagianni, E., & Purcell, J. (2013). Guts and Fibers. In E. Kalfagianni & J. Purcell (Eds.), Guts of Surfaces and the Colored Jones Polynomial (pp. 73–90). 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 Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, August 6). Psychopaths Versus Sociopaths: What Is The Difference? Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1992). The First Step Toward Reform (No. 147980). 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
Bennett, A. L. (2019). An Empirical Longitudinal Analysis of Agile Methodologies and Firm Financial Performance (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Kelly, M. (1993, May 23). Saint Hillary. New York Times, p. 622.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (MacMillan, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Kilpatrick, 2011; Wadman, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Sheinin & Wang, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Titus, Kieffer, & Christensen, 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Pouchkina-Stantcheva et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleCanadian Journal of Behavioral Science
AbbreviationCan. J. Behav. Sci.
ISSN (print)0008-400X
ISSN (online)1879-2669
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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