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
Gibson M. Conservation. Fate of Iraqi archaeology. Science. 2003 Mar 21;299(5614):1848–9.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sosnick TR, Hinshaw JR. Biochemistry. How proteins fold. Science. 2011 Oct 28;334(6055):464–5.
A journal article with 3 authors
Weeks SJ, Currie B, Bakun A. Massive emissions of toxic gas in the Atlantic. Nature. 2002 Jan 31;415(6871):493–4.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Wengelnik K, Vidal V, Ancelin ML, Cathiard AM, Morgat JL, Kocken CH, et al. A class of potent antimalarials and their specific accumulation in infected erythrocytes. Science. 2002 Feb 15;295(5558):1311–4.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Crighton DA, Towl GJ. Psychology in Prisons. Oxford, UK: BPS Blackwell; 2009.
An edited book
Velde CR, editor. International Perspectives on Competence in the Workplace: Implications for Research, Policy and Practice. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
Scott A. Physicalism, Chaos and Reductionism. In: Tuszynski JA, editor. The Emerging Physics of Consciousness. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2006. p. 171–91. (The Frontiers Collection).

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
Felton J. Video: Drunk Man Attempts To “Shake Hands With Lion” At Zoo [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2017 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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. The Challenge of Career Adaptation and Renewal. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1978 Apr. Report No.: 106027.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Buckingham T. Every teacher an English teacher? Literacy strategy teaching and research in the content area of science education [Doctoral dissertation]. [Bloomington, IN]: Indiana University; 2012.

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
Pilon M. Monopoly Goes Corporate. New York Times. 2013 Aug 25;SR12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gibson 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Gibson 2003; Sosnick and Hinshaw 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Sosnick and Hinshaw 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Wengelnik et al. 2002)

About the journal

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

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