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
Ricci-Tersenghi, F. (2010). Mathematics. Being glassy without being hard to solve. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6011), 1639–1640.
A journal article with 2 authors
Morton, J. J. L., & Mølmer, K. (2015). Quantum information: Spin memories in for the long haul. Nature, 517(7533), 153–154.
A journal article with 3 authors
Iwasawa, T., Hooley, R. J., & Rebek, J., Jr. (2007). Stabilization of labile carbonyl addition intermediates by a synthetic receptor. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5837), 493–496.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Hofferberth, S., Lesanovsky, I., Fischer, B., Schumm, T., & Schmiedmayer, J. (2007). Non-equilibrium coherence dynamics in one-dimensional Bose gases. Nature, 449(7160), 324–327.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lavagnini, I., Magno, F., Seraglia, R., & Traldi, P. (2006). Quantitative Applications of Mass Spectrometry. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Rong, J. (2016). Metasomatic Textures in Granites: Evidence from Petrographic Observation (F. Wang, Ed.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Chhieng, D. C., & Stelow, E. B. (2007). Ancillary Testing for the Diagnosis of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma. In E. B. Stelow (Ed.), Pancreatic Cytopathology (pp. 67–74). Springer US.

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, E. (2014, September 29). Do Periods Really Make Women Moody? 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. (2004). Federal Family Education Loan Program: Statutory and Regulatory Changes Could Avert Billions in Unnecessary Federal Subsidy Payments (GAO-04-1070). 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
Smith, S. M. (2017). The Relationship Between Political Affiliation and Student Achievement in the Areas of Reading and Mathematics, with Respect to Black Students [Doctoral dissertation]. Lindenwood 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
Billard, M. (2010, October 3). Their Lotus Can’t Take Root On a Mat. New York Times, ST6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ricci-Tersenghi, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Morton & Mølmer, 2015; Ricci-Tersenghi, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Morton & Mølmer, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Iwasawa et al., 2007)
  • 6 or more authors: (Hofferberth et al., 2007)

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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