How to format your references using the Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. 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
Greenman, C. D. (2012). Cancer. Haploinsufficient gene selection in cancer. Science (New York, N.Y.), 337(6090), 47–48.
A journal article with 2 authors
Miklius, A., & Cervelli, P. (2003). Vulcanology: Interaction between Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Nature, 421(6920), 229.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bishop, J. R., Schuksz, M., & Esko, J. D. (2007). Heparan sulphate proteoglycans fine-tune mammalian physiology. Nature, 446(7139), 1030–1037.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Zhou, D., Tan, R. J., Zhou, L., Li, Y., & Liu, Y. (2013). Kidney tubular β-catenin signaling controls interstitial fibroblast fate via epithelial-mesenchymal communication. Scientific reports, 3, 1878.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Laheurte, J.-M., Ripoll, C., Paret, D., & Loussert, C. (2014). UHF RFID Technologies for Identification and Traceability. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Tabrizi, M. A., Bornstein, G. G., & Klakamp, S. L. (Eds.). (2012). Development of Antibody-Based Therapeutics: Translational Considerations. New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Couvidat, S. (2011). Solar Oscillations: Current Trends. In M. P. Miralles & J. Sánchez Almeida (Eds.), The Sun, the Solar Wind, and the Heliosphere (pp. 31–38). Dordrecht: 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 Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2015, June 29). Skin Cancer Drug Allows Fruit Flies to Live Longer. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (1994). Desert Shield and Desert Storm Reports and Testimonies: 1991-93 (No. NSIAD-94-134W). 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
Garcia, C. A. (2010). Tracking chemistry self-efficacy and achievement in a preparatory chemistry course (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Kelly, M. (1992, September 15). THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: The Democrats; Clinton Readies Answer to Bush On Draft Issue. New York Times, p. A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Greenman 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Greenman 2012; Miklius and Cervelli 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Miklius and Cervelli 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhou et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titlePhenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
AbbreviationPhenomenol. Cogn. Sci.
ISSN (print)1568-7759
ISSN (online)1572-8676
Cognitive Neuroscience

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