How to format your references using the Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. 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
Smith, D.C., 2001. Marine biology. Expansion of the marine Archaea. Science 293, 56–57.
A journal article with 2 authors
Karimi, E., Boyd, R.W., 2015. PHYSICS. Classical entanglement? Science 350, 1172–1173.
A journal article with 3 authors
Exadaktylos, F., Espín, A.M., Brañas-Garza, P., 2013. Experimental subjects are not different. Sci. Rep. 3, 1213.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Boesenberg, U., Marcus, M.A., Shukla, A.K., Yi, T., McDermott, E., Teh, P.F., Srinivasan, M., Moewes, A., Cabana, J., 2014. Asymmetric pathways in the electrochemical conversion reaction of NiO as battery electrode with high storage capacity. Sci. Rep. 4, 7133.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McBee, J., 2009. Mastering Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 SP1. Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA.
An edited book
Posada de la Paz, M., Groft, S.C. (Eds.), 2010. Rare Diseases Epidemiology, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Diekötter, T., Walther-Hellwig, K., Conradi, M., Suter, M., Frankl, R., 2006. Effects of landscape elements on the distribution of the rare bumblebee species Bombus muscorum in an agricultural landscape, in: Hawksworth, D.L., Bull, A.T. (Eds.), Arthropod Diversity and Conservation, Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 43–54.

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 Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014. Can Crows Be Trained To Pick Up Litter? [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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. D.C. Nonappropriated Revenue (No. AIMD-94-71R). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Lee, K.S., 2008. Towards an improved baton technique: The application and modification of conducting gestures drawn from the methods of Rudolf, Green and Saitö for enhanced performance of orchestral interpretations (Doctoral dissertation). University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

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
Greenhouse, L., 2008. Court Hears Arguments on Burden of Proof in Age Suits. New York Times A19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smith, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Karimi and Boyd, 2015; Smith, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Karimi and Boyd, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Boesenberg et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleRegulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology
AbbreviationRegul. Toxicol. Pharmacol.
ISSN (print)0273-2300
ScopeGeneral Medicine

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