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
Taylor, J. P. (2014). Neurodegenerative diseases: G-quadruplex poses quadruple threat. Nature, 507(7491), 175–177.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mohd-Sarip, A., & Verrijzer, C. P. (2004). Molecular biology. A higher order of silence. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5701), 1484–1485.
A journal article with 3 authors
O’D Alexander, C. M., Boss, A. P., & Carlson, R. W. (2001). The early evolution of the inner solar system: a meteoritic perspective. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5527), 64–68.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Luther, S., Fenton, F. H., Kornreich, B. G., Squires, A., Bittihn, P., Hornung, D., et al. (2011). Low-energy control of electrical turbulence in the heart. Nature, 475(7355), 235–239.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Radwanska, M., Stankiewicz, A., Wosatko, A., & Pamin, J. (2017). Plate and Shell Structures. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Gerdt, V. P., Koepf, W., Seiler, W. M., & Vorozhtsov, E. V. (Eds.). (2014). Computer Algebra in Scientific Computing: 16th International Workshop, CASC 2014, Warsaw, Poland, September 8-12, 2014. Proceedings (Vol. 8660). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Vazquez, L., Miranda, J. M., Garfias, E., & Dyolotzin, D. (2016). Fabrication and Characterization of Niobium-Aluminum Composites: Effect of Sintering Temperature. In T. Sano & T. S. Srivatsan (Eds.), Advanced Composites for Aerospace, Marine, and Land Applications II (pp. 39–52). 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 Psychological Science.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2014, August 24). Moon Dances With Planets. 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. (2009). Aviation Security: TSA Has Completed Key Activities Associated with Implementing Secure Flight, but Additional Actions Are Needed to Mitigate Risks (No. GAO-09-292). 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
Jones, L. J. (2017). From Corbin and Hillman to Dionysos: The Partial Unveiling of Psyche’s Stage (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2006, November 14). Justices Uphold a Death Sentence Twice Overturned. New York Times, p. A25.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Taylor 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Mohd-Sarip and Verrijzer 2004; Taylor 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Mohd-Sarip and Verrijzer 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Luther et al. 2011)

About the journal

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

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