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
Janson, S. (2011). Computer science. Networking--smoothly does it. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6040), 298–299.
A journal article with 2 authors
Marx, F. G., & Uhen, M. D. (2010). Climate, critters, and cetaceans: Cenozoic drivers of the evolution of modern whales. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5968), 993–996.
A journal article with 3 authors
King, J.-R., Bekinschtein, T., & Dehaene, S. (2011). Comment on “Preserved feedforward but impaired top-down processes in the vegetative state.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6060), 1203; author reply 1203.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lapolla, J. S., Sheldon, F. H., Remsen, J. V., Brumfield, R. T., & Baker, D. J. (2005). Academy of Natural Sciences: Job Cuts. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5715), 1560b.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wang, Q. (2013). Practical Design of Magnetostatic Structure Using Numerical Simulation. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd.
An edited book
Bellucci, S. (Ed.). (2006). Supersymmetric Mechanics – Vol. 1: Supersymmetry, Noncommutativity and Matrix Models (Vol. 698). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Helm, V., Willmann, J., Gramazio, F., & Kohler, M. (2014). In-Situ Robotic Fabrication: Advanced Digital Manufacturing Beyond the Laboratory. In F. Röhrbein, G. Veiga, & C. Natale (Eds.), Gearing up and accelerating cross‐fertilization between academic and industrial robotics research in Europe: Technology transfer experiments from the ECHORD project (pp. 63–83). Cham: 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 Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2016, June 24). What Consumers Want In GM Food Labeling Is Simpler Than You Think. 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. (1999). Truck Safety: Effectiveness of Motor Carriers Office Hampered by Data Problems and Slow Progress on Implementing Safety Initiatives (No. T-RCED-99-122). 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
Davenport, C. S. (2017). Dynamic Modeling Framework to Predict Instantaneous Status of a Tractor-Dolly System (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Hardy, M. (2017, October 23). After Storm, Houston Hopes to Regain Tourism Momentum. New York Times, p. TR2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Janson, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Janson, 2011; Marx & Uhen, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Marx & Uhen, 2010)
  • Three authors: (King, Bekinschtein, & Dehaene, 2011)
  • 6 or more authors: (Lapolla, Sheldon, Remsen, Brumfield, & Baker, 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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