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
Pither, J. (2007). Comment on “Dispersal limitations matter for microbial morphospecies.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5828), 1124; author reply 1124.
A journal article with 2 authors
Beveridge, C., & Morris, S. (2007). Order of merit. Nature, 448(7152), 508.
A journal article with 3 authors
Huntington, J. A., Read, R. J., & Carrell, R. W. (2000). Structure of a serpin-protease complex shows inhibition by deformation. Nature, 407(6806), 923–926.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Du, D.-Y., Qin, J.-S., Sun, Z., Yan, L.-K., O’Keeffe, M., Su, Z.-M., et al. (2013). An unprecedented (3,4,24)-connected heteropolyoxozincate organic framework as heterogeneous crystalline Lewis acid catalyst for biodiesel production. Scientific reports, 3, 2616.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pommier, S., Gravouil, A., Combescure, A., & Moës, N. (2013). Extended Finite Element Method for Crack Propagation. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Fischer-Hübner, S., Lambrinoudakis, C., & Pernul, G. (Eds.). (2009). Trust, Privacy and Security in Digital Business: 6th International Conference, TrustBus 2009, Linz, Austria, September 3-4, 2009. Proceedings (Vol. 5695). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Morris, O., Tebruegge, M., Pallett, A., Green, S. M., Pearson, A. D., Tuck, A., et al. (2013). Clostridium difficile in Children: A Review of Existing and Recently Uncovered Evidence. In N. Curtis, A. Finn, & A. J. Pollard (Eds.), Hot Topics in Infection and Immunity in Children IX (pp. 57–72). New York, NY: 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
Andrew, E. (2014, April 23). Laser Pulse Imaged Through Bottle At 1 Trillion Frames Per Second. 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. (1978). Coordination, Policy Development, and Implementation for International Telecommunications Facilities (No. 106775). 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
Gajewski, T. J. (2014). Exploring leadership styles from a mediator’s perspective: A phenomenological study examining four specific organizational leadership styles and their relationship to four mediation styles as summarized by Leonard L. Riskin (Doctoral dissertation). Pepperdine University, Malibu, 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
Novick, S. M. (2015, December 13). Elevating the Humble Wing at Sports Bars. New York Times, p. LI11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pither 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Beveridge and Morris 2007; Pither 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Beveridge and Morris 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Du et al. 2013)

About the journal

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

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