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
Baker, J., 2006. The falcon has landed. Introduction to special issue. Science 312, 1327.
A journal article with 2 authors
Meier, M.F., Dyurgerov, M.B., 2002. Sea level changes. How Alaska affects the world. Science 297, 350–351.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gerstein, M., Lan, N., Jansen, R., 2002. Proteomics. Integrating interactomes. Science 295, 284–287.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Chen, Z., Zhou, C., Xiao, S., Wang, W., Guan, C., Hua, H., Yuan, X., 2014. New Ediacara fossils preserved in marine limestone and their ecological implications. Sci. Rep. 4, 4180.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Guzik, A., 2013. Essentials for Occupational Health Nursing. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK.
An edited book
Pardede, E. (Ed.), 2011. Community-Built Databases: Research and Development. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Lauro, A., 2016. Suspect Cities and the (Re)Making of Colonial Order: Urbanization, Security Anxieties and Police Reforms in Postwar Congo (1945–1960), in: Campion, J., Rousseaux, X. (Eds.), Policing New Risks in Modern European History. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp. 57–85.

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. Mysterious Ovoid Structure in Martian Meteorite Looks Like A Cell [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, 1989. Job Training Partnership Act: Information on Training, Placements, and Wages of Male and Female Participants (No. HRD-89-152FS). 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
Baciu, A.B., 2010. Biopolitics and the influenza pandemics of 1918 and 2009 in the United States: Power, immunity, and the law (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
Rothenberg, B., 2016. An Electronic Set of Eyes to Feed Data to Players and Coaches. New York Times SP8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Baker, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Baker, 2006; Meier and Dyurgerov, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Meier and Dyurgerov, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Chen 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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