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
Warren, W. S. (2001). Nuclear magnetic resonance. Multidimensional symmetry in a three-dimensional world. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5546), 1475–1476.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brown, K. M., & Fialko, Y. (2012). “Melt welt” mechanism of extreme weakening of gabbro at seismic slip rates. Nature, 488(7413), 638–641.
A journal article with 3 authors
Donato, F., Rompani, S. B., & Caroni, P. (2013). Parvalbumin-expressing basket-cell network plasticity induced by experience regulates adult learning. Nature, 504(7479), 272–276.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Min, W., Lu, S., Chong, S., Roy, R., Holtom, G. R., & Xie, X. S. (2009). Imaging chromophores with undetectable fluorescence by stimulated emission microscopy. Nature, 461(7267), 1105–1109.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Peat, J., Elliott, E., Baur, L., & Keena, V. (2002). Scientific Writing Easy when you know how. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hepburn, H. R., & Radloff, S. E. (Eds.). (2011). Honeybees of Asia. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Luciano, E. (2012). Peano and His School Between Leibniz and Couturat: The Influence in Mathematics and in International Language. In R. Krömer & Y. Chin-Drian (Eds.), New Essays on Leibniz Reception: In Science and Philosophy of Science 1800-2000 (pp. 41–64). 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
Carpineti, A. (2017, March 27). Stars Seen Forming Inside A Supermassive Black Hole’s Winds. 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). Surface Transportation: Principles Can Guide Efforts to Restructure and Fund Federal Programs (GAO-08-744T). 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
Eldridge, Z. (2017). The Empowerment of a Forgotten Population [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington 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
Eligon, J. (2014, March 17). Undercover TV Reports on School Security Raise Ethical Questions. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Warren, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Brown & Fialko, 2012; Warren, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Brown & Fialko, 2012)
  • Three authors: (Donato et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Min et al., 2009)

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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