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
Gravitz, L. (2013). Cancer immunotherapy. Nature 504, S1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Prindle, A., and Hasty, J. (2010). Biochemistry. Stochastic emergence of groupthink. Science 328, 987–988.
A journal article with 3 authors
Alonso, S., Sagués, F., and Mikhailov, A. S. (2003). Taming Winfree turbulence of scroll waves in excitable media. Science 299, 1722–1725.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lai, C. W., Zoch, J., Gossard, A. C., and Chemla, D. S. (2004). Phase diagram of degenerate exciton systems. Science 303, 503–506.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mack, I. (2014). Energy Trading and Risk Management. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Ioannides, M., Fink, E., Moropoulou, A., Hagedorn-Saupe, M., Fresa, A., Liestøl, G., et al. eds. (2016). Digital Heritage. Progress in Cultural Heritage: Documentation, Preservation, and Protection: 6th International Conference, EuroMed 2016, Nicosia, Cyprus, October 31 – November 5, 2016, Proceedings, Part II. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Sokol, K., Sur, S., and Ameredes, B. T. (2014). “Inhaled Environmental Allergens and Toxicants as Determinants of the Asthma Phenotype,” in Heterogeneity in Asthma Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology., ed. A. R. Brasier (Boston, MA: Springer US), 43–73.

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
Evans, K. (2017). Solar Employs More People Than Oil, Coal, And Gas Combined In The US. 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 (1999). Acquisition Reform: NASA’s Internet Service Improves Access to Contracting Information. 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
Roubin, A. M. (2014). A resource manual of bullying intervention programs for parents, educators, and community officials in the Los Angeles area.

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. (2008). In Latest Term, Majority Grows To More Than 5 of the Justices. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gravitz, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Prindle and Hasty, 2010; Gravitz, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Prindle and Hasty, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Lai et al., 2004)

About the journal

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

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