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
Lafferty, K.D., 2010. Microbiology. Interacting parasites. Science 330, 187–188.
A journal article with 2 authors
Nadeau, R.M., Dolenc, D., 2005. Nonvolcanic tremors deep beneath the San Andreas Fault. Science 307, 389.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brooke, J., Rosenbaum, T.F., Aeppli, G., 2001. Tunable quantum tunnelling of magnetic domain walls. Nature 413, 610–613.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Marchetti, A., Parker, M.S., Moccia, L.P., Lin, E.O., Arrieta, A.L., Ribalet, F., Murphy, M.E.P., Maldonado, M.T., Armbrust, E.V., 2009. Ferritin is used for iron storage in bloom-forming marine pennate diatoms. Nature 457, 467–470.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Will, H., 2011. »Sei naiv und mach’ ein Experiment«: Feodor Lynen. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
Machala, Z., Hensel, K., Akishev, Y. (Eds.), 2012. Plasma for Bio-Decontamination, Medicine and Food Security, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series A: Chemistry and Biology. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Quadros, W.R., Vyas, V., Brewer, M., Owen, S.J., Shimada, K., 2005. A Computational Framework for Generating Sizing Function in Assembly Meshing, in: Hanks, B.W. (Ed.), Proceedings of the 14th International Meshing Roundtable. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 55–72.

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
Davis, J., 2015. Pig-Like “Bacon Turtle” Swam The Ancient Waterways Of Utah [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, 1980. Undergraduate Helicopter Pilot Training: Consolidation Could Yield Significant Savings (No. FPCD-80-37). 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
Roberts, D.M., 2017. Resilience in Physically Maltreated Adolescents: Interpersonally Related Protective Factors and Gender Differences (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Herrman, J., Maheshwari, S., 2016. How the Pro-Trump Media Covered Election Day. New York Times P14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lafferty, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Lafferty, 2010; Nadeau and Dolenc, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Nadeau and Dolenc, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Marchetti et al., 2009)

About the journal

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

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