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
Showalter, M. R. (2005). Planetary science. Saturn’s strangest ring becomes curiouser and curiouser. Science (New York, N.Y.), 310(5752), 1287–1288.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bensinger, S. J., & Tontonoz, P. (2008). Integration of metabolism and inflammation by lipid-activated nuclear receptors. Nature, 454(7203), 470–477.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wallace, K., Hardy, G., & Serabyn, E. (2000). Deep and stable interferometric nulling of broadband light with implications for observing planets around nearby stars. Nature, 406(6797), 700–702.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Guest, J. R., Stievater, T. H., Chen, G., Tabak, E. A., Orr, B. G., Steel, D. G., Gammon, D., & Katzer, D. S. (2001). Near-field coherent spectroscopy and microscopy of a quantum dot system. Science (New York, N.Y.), 293(5538), 2224–2227.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Omura, Y., Mallik, A., & Matsuo, N. (2016). MOS Devices for Low-Voltage and Low-Energy Applications. John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Donelli, G. (Ed.). (2016). Advances in Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and Public Health: Volume 4 (Vol. 932). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Erduran, S., & Dagher, Z. R. (2014). Methods and Methodological Rules. In Z. R. Dagher (Ed.), Reconceptualizing the Nature of Science for Science Education: Scientific Knowledge, Practices and Other Family Categories (pp. 91–112). Springer Netherlands.

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
Fang, J. (2015, June 25). Bizarre Alien Planet Acts Like A Comet. 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. (2000). Federal Communications Commission: Competitive Bidding Procedures (OGC-00-69). 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
Unison-Pace, W. J. (2015). Investigating generational differences of perceived uncivilized behaviors between students and faculty in nursing education [Doctoral dissertation]. Capella University.

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
Vlasic, B., & Chapman, M. M. (2015, September 19). Smaller Pay Gap in New Contract at Fiat Chrysler. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Showalter, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Bensinger & Tontonoz, 2008; Showalter, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Bensinger & Tontonoz, 2008)
  • Three authors: (Wallace et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Guest et al., 2001)

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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