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
Wright, J. (2014). Genetics: Unravelling complexity. Nature, 508(7494), S6-7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mounce, R. C. P., & Wills, M. A. (2011). Phylogenetic position of Diania challenged. Nature, 476(7359), E1; discussion E3-4.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cosgaya, J. M., Chan, J. R., & Shooter, E. M. (2002). The neurotrophin receptor p75NTR as a positive modulator of myelination. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5596), 1245–1248.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Shen, Z.-Q., Lo, K. Y., Liang, M.-C., Ho, P. T. P., & Zhao, J.-H. (2005). A size of approximately 1 au for the radio source Sgr A* at the centre of the Milky Way. Nature, 438(7064), 62–64.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Balfour, A. (2012). Solomon’s Temple. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Cohen, S. (2013). Fractional Fields and Applications (J. Istas, Ed.; Vol. 73). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Omar, H. A., & Zhuang, W. (2014). VeMAC Performance Evaluation for VANET Safety Applications. In W. Zhuang (Ed.), Time Division Multiple Access For Vehicular Communications (pp. 39–58). Springer International Publishing.

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
Andrew, E. (2014, December 4). Scientists Convert Human Skin Cells Into Pain Sensing Nerves. 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. (2005). Digital Broadcast Television Transition: Several Challenges Could Arise in Administering a Subsidy Program for DTV Equipment (GAO-05-623T). 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
Yildiz, S. (2015). Performance analysis of space-time trellis coded MIMO-OFDM systems [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Sbarbaro, J. A. (2017, March 22). Standard Morning Fare, on the Go. New York Times, A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wright, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Mounce & Wills, 2011; Wright, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Mounce & Wills, 2011)
  • Three authors: (Cosgaya et al., 2002)
  • 6 or more authors: (Shen et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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