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
Lieberman, P. (2013). Neuroscience. Synapses, language, and being human. Science (New York, N.Y.), 342(6161), 944–945.
A journal article with 2 authors
Eisch, A. J., & Petrik, D. (2012). Depression and hippocampal neurogenesis: a road to remission? Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6103), 72–75.
A journal article with 3 authors
Losos, J. B., Schoener, T. W., & Spiller, D. A. (2004). Predator-induced behaviour shifts and natural selection in field-experimental lizard populations. Nature, 432(7016), 505–508.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Wang, W., Black, S. S., Edwards, M. D., Miller, S., Morrison, E. L., Bartlett, W., et al. (2008). The structure of an open form of an E. coli mechanosensitive channel at 3.45 A resolution. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5893), 1179–1183.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Li, F. M., Nathan, A., Wu, Y., & Ong, B. S. (2011). Organic Thin Film Transistor Integration. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Kim, T.-H., Adeli, H., Robles, R. J., & Balitanas, M. (Eds.). (2011). Ubiquitous Computing and Multimedia Applications: Second International Conference, UCMA 2011, Daejeon, Korea, April 13-15, 2011. Proceedings, Part I (Vol. 150). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Sinha, R., & Tandon, S. K. (2014). Indus-Ganga-Brahmaputra Plains: The Alluvial Landscape. In V. S. Kale (Ed.), Landscapes and Landforms of India (pp. 53–63). 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
Andrew, D. (2016, August 15). We’ve Been Wrong About The Origins Of Life For 90 Years. 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. (1993). B-2 Bomber: Acquisition Cost Estimates (No. NSIAD-93-48BR). 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
Baugh, J. B. (2008). Deregulation and management strategies: A case study of Georgia System Operations Corporation (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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, February 23). Justices Curb Postal Service’s Immunity From Lawsuits. New York Times, p. A21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lieberman 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Eisch and Petrik 2012; Lieberman 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Eisch and Petrik 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al. 2008)

About the journal

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

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