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
Abbott, A., 2003. Membrane proteins: channel voyager makes waves. Nature 426, 755.
A journal article with 2 authors
Metaxas, P.T., Mustafaraj, E., 2012. Science and society. Social media and the elections. Science 338, 472–473.
A journal article with 3 authors
Healy, D., Jones, R.R., Holdsworth, R.E., 2006. Three-dimensional brittle shear fracturing by tensile crack interaction. Nature 439, 64–67.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Clancy, D.J., Gems, D., Harshman, L.G., Oldham, S., Stocker, H., Hafen, E., Leevers, S.J., Partridge, L., 2001. Extension of life-span by loss of CHICO, a Drosophila insulin receptor substrate protein. Science 292, 104–106.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bejan, A., 2016. Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Lee, S., Cho, H., Yoon, K.-J., Lee, J. (Eds.), 2013. Intelligent Autonomous Systems 12: Volume 1 Proceedings of the 12th International Conference IAS-12, held June 26-29, 2012, Jeju Island, Korea, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Neurath, O., 2005. Serbia’s Successes in the Balkan War [1912], in: Cohen, R.S. (Ed.), Otto Neurath Economic Writings Selections 1904–1945, Vienna Circle Collection. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 200–234.

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., 2015. Whale Nerves Can Stretch To Double Original Size [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, 2013. Army Networks: Opportunities Exist to Better Utilize Results from Network Integration Evaluations (No. GAO-13-711). 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
Tucker, C.M., 2010. End-stage renal disease patients and dialysis: Can consistent transportation influence quality of life and treatment compliance? A grant writing project (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Lyman, R., 2017. Polish President Offers Plan to End Court Crisis, but the Response Is Tepid. New York Times A8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Abbott, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Abbott, 2003; Metaxas and Mustafaraj, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Metaxas and Mustafaraj, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Clancy et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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