How to format your references using the Sexologies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Sexologies. 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
Nolet G. Obituary: F. Anthony Dahlen (1942-2007). Nature. 2007 Jul 19;448(7151):268.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jakosky BM, Phillips RJ. Mars’ volatile and climate history. Nature. 2001 Jul 12;412(6843):237–44.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ogata H, Nishikawa K, Lubitz W. Hydrogens detected by subatomic resolution protein crystallography in a [NiFe] hydrogenase. Nature. 2015 Apr 23;520(7548):571–4.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Eiserhardt WL, Svenning JC, Baker WJ, Couvreur TLP, Balslev H. Dispersal and niche evolution jointly shape the geographic turnover of phylogenetic clades across continents. Sci Rep. 2013 Feb 4;3:1164.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chen G, Wang X, Li X. Fundamentals of Complex Networks. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd; 2014.
An edited book
Jøsang A, Carlsson B, editors. Secure IT Systems: 17th Nordic Conference, NordSec 2012, Karlskrona, Sweden, October 31 – November 2, 2012. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2012. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 7617).
A chapter in an edited book
Deng X, Sun Y, Yin M, Zhou Y. Mechanism Design for Multi-slot Ads Auction in Sponsored Search Markets. In: Lee DT, Chen DZ, Ying S, editors. Frontiers in Algorithmics: 4th International Workshop, FAW 2010, Wuhan, China, August 11-13, 2010 Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2010. p. 11–22. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science).

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 Sexologies.

Blog post
Taub B. Scientists May Have Observed Memories Being Assembled In The Brain. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2016.


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. Information on the Energy Information Administration’s Financial Reporting System. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1985 Jan. Report No.: RCED-85-51.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Tuschall A. Exploration of the Relationship Between Implicit Theory of Intelligence and Employability [Doctoral dissertation]. [Malibu, CA]: Pepperdine University; 2017.

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 DA. When in Doubt, Insure. New York Times. 2010 Jun 20;TR3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nolet 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Jakosky and Phillips 2001; Nolet 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Jakosky and Phillips 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Eiserhardt et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleSexologies
ISSN (print)1158-1360
ScopeObstetrics and Gynaecology
Psychology (miscellaneous)

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