How to format your references using the Frontiers in Evolutionary Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Evolutionary Psychology. 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
Fanelli, D. (2013). Redefine misconduct as distorted reporting. Nature 494, 149.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hoefel, F., and Elgar, S. (2003). Wave-induced sediment transport and sandbar migration. Science 299, 1885–1887.
A journal article with 3 authors
Poon, V. Y., Klassen, M. P., and Shen, K. (2008). UNC-6/netrin and its receptor UNC-5 locally exclude presynaptic components from dendrites. Nature 455, 669–673.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Ma, L. Q., Komar, K. M., Tu, C., Zhang, W., Cai, Y., and Kennelley, E. D. (2001). A fern that hyperaccumulates arsenic. Nature 409, 579.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lunn, G., and Sansone, E. B. (2012). Destruction of Hazardous Chemicals in the Laboratory. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kudělka, M., Pokorný, J., Snášel, V., and Abraham, A. eds. (2013). Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Intelligent Human Computer Interaction (IHCI 2011), Prague, Czech Republic, August, 2011. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Calvo-Zaragoza, J., de la Higuera, C., and Oncina, J. (2016). “Computing the Expected Edit Distance from a String to a PFA,” in Implementation and Application of Automata: 21st International Conference, CIAA 2016, Seoul, South Korea, July 19-22, 2016, Proceedings Lecture Notes in Computer Science., eds. Y.-S. Han and K. Salomaa (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 39–50.

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 Frontiers in Evolutionary Psychology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015). How To Grow Your Own Bismuth Crystals. IFLScience. Available at: [Accessed October 30, 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 (2012). Checked Baggage Screening: TSA Has Deployed Optimal Systems at the Majority of TSA-Regulated Airports, but Could Strengthen Cost Estimates. 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
Dill, K. D. (2012). Nonparametric alternative to Poly-k test in animal tumorigenicity studies.

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
(nyt), S. K. (2001). World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Hoisting The Sub, Slowly. New York Times, A6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Fanelli, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Fanelli, 2013; Hoefel and Elgar, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Hoefel and Elgar, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Ma et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Evolutionary Psychology
AbbreviationFront. Psychol.
ISSN (online)1664-1078
ScopeGeneral Psychology

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