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
Ueda, K. (2015). PHYSICS. To catch and smash charge on the hop. Science 350, 740–741.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wilkinson, K., and Hershko, A. (2015). Irwin Allan Rose (1926-2015). Nature 523, 532.
A journal article with 3 authors
Esper, J., Cook, E. R., and Schweingruber, F. H. (2002). Low-frequency signals in long tree-ring chronologies for reconstructing past temperature variability. Science 295, 2250–2253.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Bendall, S. C., Simonds, E. F., Qiu, P., Amir, E.-A. D., Krutzik, P. O., Finck, R., et al. (2011). Single-cell mass cytometry of differential immune and drug responses across a human hematopoietic continuum. Science 332, 687–696.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mather, P. M., and Koch, M. (2011). Computer Processing of Remotely-Sensed Images. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Tatas, K. (2014). Designing 2D and 3D Network-on-Chip Architectures. , eds. K. Siozios, D. Soudris, and A. Jantsch New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Gensch, T., Untiet, V., Franzen, A., Kovermann, P., and Fahlke, C. (2015). “Determination of Intracellular Chloride Concentrations by Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging,” in Advanced Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting Applications Springer Series in Chemical Physics., ed. W. Becker (Cham: Springer International Publishing), 189–211.

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
Luntz, S. (2015). Why It Is Not So Good To Be A Lone Wolf. 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 (1980). Federal Agency Roles and Responsibilities for Emergency Communications Need Clarification. 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
Hester, E. T. (2008). Impact of geomorphic structures on hyporheic exchange, temperature, and ecological processes in streams.

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
Cave, D. (2017). Making History With Breast-Fed Meal in Parliament. 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 (Ueda, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Ueda, 2015; Wilkinson and Hershko, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Wilkinson and Hershko, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Bendall et al., 2011)

About the journal

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

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