How to format your references using the High Ability Studies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for High Ability Studies. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Witkowski, J. A. (2002). Mad hatters at the DNA tea party. Nature, 415(6871), 473–474.
A journal article with 2 authors
Harper, G. R., Jr, & Pfennig, D. W. (2008). Selection overrides gene flow to break down maladaptive mimicry. Nature, 451(7182), 1103–1106.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rogers Hollingsworth, J., Müller, K. H., & Hollingsworth, E. J. (2008). China: The end of the science superpowers. Nature, 454(7203), 412–413.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Xu, C.-X., Zheng, Y.-X., Zheng, X.-H., Hu, Q., Zhao, Y., Ji, L.-N., & Mao, Z.-W. (2013). V-shaped dinuclear Pt(II) complexes: selective interaction with human telomeric G-quadruplex and significant inhibition towards telomerase. Scientific Reports, 3, 2060.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Peterson, R. L., & Murtha, F. F. (2010). MarketPsych. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Mitchell, R. C., & Moore, S. A. (Eds.). (2015). Planetary Praxis & Pedagogy: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Environmental Sustainability. SensePublishers.
A chapter in an edited book
Zoeller, R. T. (2011). Endocrine Disruption of the Thyroid and its Consequences in Development. In J.-P. Bourguignon, B. Jégou, B. Kerdelhué, J. Toppari, & Y. Christen (Eds.), Multi-System Endocrine Disruption (pp. 51–71). Springer.

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 High Ability Studies.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. (2016, June 9). More Than 32 Million Twitter Passwords May Have Been Hacked And Offered For Sale On The Dark Web. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1994). Longer Combination Trucks: Potential Infrastructure Impacts, Productivity Benefits, and Safety Concerns (RCED-94-106). 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
Sugg, J. (2012). Small Graces: Mapping a Route of Beauty to the Heart of the World [Doctoral dissertation]. Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Walsh, M. W. (2011, January 21). A Path Is Sought for States To Escape Debt Burdens. 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 (Witkowski, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Harper & Pfennig, 2008; Witkowski, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Harper & Pfennig, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Rogers Hollingsworth et al., 2008)
  • 6 or more authors: (Xu et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleHigh Ability Studies
AbbreviationHigh Abil. Stud.
ISSN (print)1359-8139
ISSN (online)1469-834X

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