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
Eyler, E. E. (2011). Physics. Precision, not power. Science (New York, N.Y.), 333(6039), 164–165.
A journal article with 2 authors
Whalan, S., & Webster, N. S. (2014). Sponge larval settlement cues: the role of microbial biofilms in a warming ocean. Scientific reports, 4, 4072.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ballentine, C. J., Porcelli, D., & Wieler, R. (2001). Noble gases in mantle plumes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 291(5512), 2269.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Siveter, D. J., Sutton, M. D., Briggs, D. E. G., & Siveter, D. J. (2003). An ostracode crustacean with soft parts from the Lower Silurian. Science (New York, N.Y.), 302(5651), 1749–1751.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gregory, J. (2012). Counterparty Credit Risk and Credit Value Adjustment. Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
An edited book
Kogut, P. I. (2011). Optimal Control Problems for Partial Differential Equations on Reticulated Domains: Approximation and Asymptotic Analysis. (G. R. Leugering, Ed.). Boston, MA: Birkhäuser.
A chapter in an edited book
Williams, J. S., & Wong-Leung, J. (2010). Voids and Nanocavities in Silicon. In H. Bernas (Ed.), Materials Science with Ion Beams (pp. 113–146). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Psychological Science.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2014, April 9). Meta Study Confirms Homeopathy Doesn’t Work. 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. (2011). Transportation Worker Identification Credential: Internal Control Weaknesses Need to Be Corrected to Help Achieve Security Objectives (No. GAO-11-648T). 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
Van Name, J. (2013). Boolean Partition Algebras (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Rothenberg, B. (2017, June 30). Wimbledon’s Qualifying Tournament Is Both 3½ Miles and a World Away. New York Times, p. B10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Eyler 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Eyler 2011; Whalan and Webster 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Whalan and Webster 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Siveter et al. 2003)

About the journal

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

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