How to format your references using the Evolution and Human Behavior citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Evolution and Human Behavior. 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
Noller, H. (2013). Carl Woese (1928-2012). Nature, 493(7434), 610.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rodrigues, A. R., & Tabin, C. J. (2013). Developmental biology. Deserts and waves in gene expression. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6137), 1181–1182.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mili, S., Moissoglu, K., & Macara, I. G. (2008). Genome-wide screen reveals APC-associated RNAs enriched in cell protrusions. Nature, 453(7191), 115–119.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Plusa, B., Hadjantonakis, A.-K., Gray, D., Piotrowska-Nitsche, K., Jedrusik, A., Papaioannou, V. E., … Zernicka-Goetz, M. (2005). The first cleavage of the mouse zygote predicts the blastocyst axis. Nature, 434(7031), 391–395.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Good, P. I. (2013). Introduction to Statistics Through Resampling Methods and R. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kwan, S. K., Spohrer, J. C., & Sawatani, Y. (Eds.). (2016). Global Perspectives on Service Science: Japan. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Wickström, B.-A. (2007). Fairness, Rights, and Language Rights: On the Fair Treatment of Linguistic Minorities. In P. Baake & R. Borck (Eds.), Public Economics and Public Choice: Contributions in Honor of Charles B. Blankart (pp. 81–101). 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 Evolution and Human Behavior.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2015, November 6). Lion Gets A CAT Scan. 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. (2002). Information Technology: DOD Needs to Improve Process for Ensuring Interoperability of Telecommunications Switches (No. GAO-02-681). 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
Gary, J. O. (2011). Women’s social networking: Steps that organize low-technology users with emergency needs (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, 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
Cooper, M., & Kourlas, G. (2017, October 25). Rockettes’ Big Show For Spring Is Killed. New York Times, p. C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Noller, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Noller, 2013; Rodrigues & Tabin, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Rodrigues & Tabin, 2013)
  • Three authors: (Mili, Moissoglu, & Macara, 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Plusa et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleEvolution and Human Behavior
AbbreviationEvol. Hum. Behav.
ISSN (print)1090-5138
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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