How to format your references using the Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. 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
Yamaguchi, A. (2001). Sex differences in vocal learning in birds. Nature, 411(6835), 257–258.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pieters, J., & Ploegh, H. (2003). Microbiology. Chemical warfare and mycobacterial defense. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5652), 1900–1902.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bibring, J.-P., Squyres, S. W., & Arvidson, R. E. (2006). Planetary science. Merging views on Mars. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5795), 1899–1901.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Samejima, K., Ueda, Y., Doya, K., & Kimura, M. (2005). Representation of action-specific reward values in the striatum. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5752), 1337–1340.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sundar, V. (2015). Ocean Wave Mechanics. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Brian, É. (2007). The Descent of Human Sex Ratio at Birth: A Dialogue between Mathematics, Biology and Sociology (M. Jaisson, Ed.; Vol. 4). Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Le, N.-A., & Brown, W. V. (2011). Triglyceride-Rich Lipoproteins. In S. M. Grundy (Ed.), Atlas of Atherosclerosis and Metabolic Syndrome (pp. 59–91). 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 Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2016, May 20). Male Spiders Who Bring “Nuptial Gifts” Are Cannibalized Less. 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). Chemical Assessments: EPA’s New Assessment Process Will Further Limit the Productivity and Credibility of Its Integrated Risk Information System (GAO-08-810T). 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
Layer, B. D. (2012). Structured plasma waveguides and deep EUV generation enabled by intense laser-cluster interactions [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Ryerson, J. (2017, March 6). University Presses. New York Times, BR31.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Yamaguchi, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Pieters & Ploegh, 2003; Yamaguchi, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Pieters & Ploegh, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Bibring et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Samejima et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleEvolutionary Behavioral Sciences
AbbreviationEvol. Behav. Sci.
ISSN (print)2330-2925
ISSN (online)2330-2933
ScopeExperimental and Cognitive Psychology
Social Psychology

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