How to format your references using the Eating Behaviors citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Eating Behaviors. 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
Sita, L. R. (2009). Chemistry. Tin takes ethylene on--and off. Science (New York, N.Y.), 325(5948), 1631–1632.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lamb, S., & Davis, P. (2003). Cenozoic climate change as a possible cause for the rise of the Andes. Nature, 425(6960), 792–797.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hamilton, V. E., Christensen, P. R., & Bandfield, J. L. (2003). Planetary science: Volcanism or aqueous alteration on Mars? Nature, 421(6924), 711–712; discussion 712-3.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Verhaar, A. P., Hoekstra, E., Tjon, A. S. W., Utomo, W. K., Deuring, J. J., Bakker, E. R. M., Muncan, V., & Peppelenbosch, M. P. (2014). Dichotomal effect of space flight-associated microgravity on stress-activated protein kinases in innate immunity. Scientific Reports, 4, 5468.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Paris, J. L., & Paris, J. L. (2008). CliffsNotes® Praxis II®. Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Kreipke, C. W., & Rafols, J. A. (Eds.). (2013). Cerebral Blood Flow, Metabolism, and Head Trauma: The Pathotrajectory of Traumatic Brain Injury. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Masuko, T., & Souma, K. (2009). Nutritional Physiology of Wild and Domesticated Japanese Sika Deer. In D. R. McCullough, S. Takatsuki, & K. Kaji (Eds.), Sika Deer: Biology and Management of Native and Introduced Populations (pp. 61–82). Springer Japan.

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 Eating Behaviors.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2016, July 5). Nearly 23,000 EU Citizens Die Every Year From Coal-Fired Power Plant Pollution. 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. (2008). Highway Safety: Preliminary Observations on Efforts to Implement Changes in the Highway Safety Improvement Program Since SAFETEA-LU (GAO-08-1015T). 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
De Ros, K. M. (2008). A content analysis of television ads: Does current practice maximize cognitive processing? [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana 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
Brantley, B. (2017, March 13). An Embrace on a Grim Day. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sita, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Lamb & Davis, 2003; Sita, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Lamb & Davis, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Hamilton et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Verhaar et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleEating Behaviors
AbbreviationEat. Behav.
ISSN (print)1471-0153
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Clinical Psychology

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