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
Epstein, S. S. (2009). Microbial awakenings. Nature 457, 1083.
A journal article with 2 authors
Khosla, C., and Harbury, P. B. (2001). Modular enzymes. Nature 409, 247–252.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fan, H. C., Fu, G. K., and Fodor, S. P. A. (2015). Expression profiling. Combinatorial labeling of single cells for gene expression cytometry. Science 347, 1258367.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Wielicki, B. A., Wong, T., Loeb, N., Minnis, P., Priestley, K., and Kandel, R. (2005). Changes in Earth’s albedo measured by satellite. Science 308, 825.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Parker, D. (2016). International Valuation Standards. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Menon, M. E., Terkla, D. G., and Gibbs, P. eds. (2014). Using Data to Improve Higher Education: Research, Policy and Practice. Rotterdam: SensePublishers.
A chapter in an edited book
Hales, T. C. (2011). “Sphere Packings, III. Extremal Cases,” in The Kepler Conjecture: The Hales-Ferguson Proof, ed. J. C. Lagarias (New York, NY: Springer), 135–176.

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
O`Callaghan, J. (2016). Asteroid Day Officially Recognized As June 30 By United Nations. 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 (1983). Classification and Qualification Standards for the GS-1410 Library-Information Service Series. 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
Doss, A. (2015). Trapped within the white gaze: A DuBoisian approach to understanding the existential burden of being a black man in America.

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
Schwirtz, M., and McKINLEY, J. C., Jr (2017). Ex-Prisoner Found Stability Before His Deadly Outburst. New York Times, A16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Epstein, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Khosla and Harbury, 2001; Epstein, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Khosla and Harbury, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Wielicki et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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