How to format your references using the Law and Human Behavior citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Law and Human Behavior. 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
Metzger, R. A. (2000). The stars my incarnation. Nature, 408(6808), 35.
A journal article with 2 authors
Milutinovich, M., & Koshland, D. E. (2003). Molecular biology. SMC complexes--wrapped up in controversy. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5622), 1101–1102.
A journal article with 3 authors
Polat, E. O., Balcı, O., & Kocabas, C. (2014). Graphene based flexible electrochromic devices. Scientific Reports, 4, 6484.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Patabendige, C. N. K., Azad, A. K., Connor, P. A., Rolle, A., & Irvine, J. T. S. (2013). Remarkable transition from rocksalt/perovskite layered structure to fluorite/rocksalt layered structure in rapidly cooled Ln₂CuO₄. Scientific Reports, 3, 1504.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Padova, T., & Murdock, K. L. (2010). Adobe® Creative Suite® 5 Bible. Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Ng, M. K., Doncescu, A., Yang, L. T., & Leng, T. (Eds.). (2005). High Performance Computational Science and Engineering: IFIP TC5 Workshop on High Performance Computational Science and Engineering (HPCSE), World Computer Congress, August 22–27, 2004, Toulouse, France (Vol. 172). Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Feng, Q., Zhao, W., Yu, X., & Shi, Y. (2016). Exploration of Integrated Course Project Mode of the Internet of Things Engineering Based on the Relevance Theory. In W. Che, Q. Han, H. Wang, W. Jing, S. Peng, J. Lin, G. Sun, X. Song, H. Song, & Z. Lu (Eds.), Social Computing: Second International Conference of Young Computer Scientists, Engineers and Educators, ICYCSEE 2016, Harbin, China, August 20-22, 2016, Proceedings, Part II (pp. 26–31). 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 Law and Human Behavior.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, May 12). There’s Much More To Bees Than Queens, Honey And Hives. 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. (1996). Telecommunications: Competition Issues in International Satellite Communications (RCED-97-1). 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
Abdeljaber, S. R. (2015). High school mathematics teachers’ perceptions of mathematics education in northwest Florida [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Conte, L. (2011, April 14). Scouting Report. New York Times, E6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Metzger, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Metzger, 2000; Milutinovich & Koshland, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Milutinovich & Koshland, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Polat et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Patabendige et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleLaw and Human Behavior
AbbreviationLaw Hum. Behav.
ISSN (print)0147-7307
ISSN (online)1573-661X
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Psychiatry and Mental health
General Psychology

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