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
Crabtree, G. (2015). Perspective: The energy-storage revolution. Nature 526, S92.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yen, H.-C. S., and Elledge, S. J. (2008). Identification of SCF ubiquitin ligase substrates by global protein stability profiling. Science 322, 923–929.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tomishige, M., Klopfenstein, D. R., and Vale, R. D. (2002). Conversion of Unc104/KIF1A kinesin into a processive motor after dimerization. Science 297, 2263–2267.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Leakey, M. G., Spoor, F., Brown, F. H., Gathogo, P. N., Kiarie, C., Leakey, L. N., et al. (2001). New hominin genus from eastern Africa shows diverse middle Pliocene lineages. Nature 410, 433–440.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ma, A. D., Roberts, H. R., and Escobar, M. A. (2012). Hemophilia and Hemostasis. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
De Ponte, F. S. ed. (2012). Bisphosphonates and Osteonecrosis of the Jaw: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Milano: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Białecki, M., and Czechowski, Z. (2010). “On a Simple Stochastic Cellular Automaton with Avalanches: Simulation and Analytical Results,” in Synchronization and Triggering: from Fracture to Earthquake Processes: Laboratory, Field Analysis and Theories Geoplanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences., eds. V. de Rubeis, Z. Czechowski, and R. Teisseyre (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 63–75.

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
Carpineti, A. (2015). Intelligent Dressing Glows When Wounds Are Infected. 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 (1989). [Comments on Special Legislative Provision Concerning Compensation for Reemployed Retired Air Traffic Controllers]. 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
Kunihiro, A. G. (2014). The relationship between dietary omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid intake and colorectal cancer.

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
Mancuso, A., and Mueller, B. (2015). 2 Workers Die When Backyard Fuel Tank Explodes in Westchester County. New York Times, A19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Crabtree, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Yen and Elledge, 2008; Crabtree, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Yen and Elledge, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Leakey et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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