How to format your references using the Evolutionary Psychological Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Evolutionary Psychological Science. 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
Bennett, C. L. (2005). Astrophysical observations: lensing and eclipsing Einstein’s theories. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5711), 879–884.
A journal article with 2 authors
McLaughlin, S., & Murray, D. (2005). Plasma membrane phosphoinositide organization by protein electrostatics. Nature, 438(7068), 605–611.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rao, J. N., Madasu, Y., & Dominguez, R. (2014). Mechanism of actin filament pointed-end capping by tropomodulin. Science (New York, N.Y.), 345(6195), 463–467.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lawton, R. O., Nair, U. S., Pielke Sr, R. A., & Welch, R. M. (2001). Climatic impact of tropical lowland deforestation on nearby montane cloud forests. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5542), 584–587.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tasman, A., Kay, J., & Ursano, R. J. (2013). The Psychiatric Interview. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons.
An edited book
Nunen, J. A. E. E., Speranza, M. G., & Bertazzi, L. (Eds.). (2009). Innovations in Distribution Logistics (Vol. 619). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Ohms, C., Neov, D., & Youtsos, A. G. (2006). Evaluation Of Novel Post Weld Heat Treatment In Ferritic Steel Repair Welds Based On Neutron Diffraction. In A. G. Youtsos (Ed.), Residual Stress and Its Effects on Fatigue and Fracture: Proceedings of a Special Symposium held within the 16th European Conference of Fracture – ECF16, Alexandroupolis, Greece, 3-7 July 2006 (pp. 55–66). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Psychological Science.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2017, January 4). Things You Were Taught At School That Are Wrong. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 2018


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). Highway Safety: Improved Monitoring and Oversight of Traffic Safety Data Program Are Needed (No. GAO-05-24). 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
Johnson, L. (2017). The Relationship between Mock Jurors’ Locus of Control, Belief in a Just World, and an NGRI Verdict (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Davey, M., & Walsh, M. W. (2014, September 16). Detroit Reaches Deal With Creditor, as Others Object to Bankruptcy Plans. New York Times, p. A17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bennett 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Bennett 2005; McLaughlin and Murray 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (McLaughlin and Murray 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Lawton et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleEvolutionary Psychological Science
AbbreviationEvol. Psychol. Sci.
ISSN (online)2198-9885

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