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
Hardie, D.G., 2010. Transcription. Targeting the core of transcription. Science 329, 1158–1159.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yin, H., Lin, H., 2007. An epigenetic activation role of Piwi and a Piwi-associated piRNA in Drosophila melanogaster. Nature 450, 304–308.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wake, H., Lee, P.R., Fields, R.D., 2011. Control of local protein synthesis and initial events in myelination by action potentials. Science 333, 1647–1651.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Pei, Z., Shi, G., Kondo, S., Ito, M., Maekawa, A., Suzuki, M., Saito, I., Suzuki, T., Kanegae, Y., 2013. Adenovirus vectors lacking virus-associated RNA expression enhance shRNA activity to suppress hepatitis C virus replication. Sci. Rep. 3, 3575.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ezra, D., Collie, B., Smith, M.X., 2009. The Retirement Plan Solution. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Zhang, L., Song, X., Wu, Y. (Eds.), 2016. Theory, Methodology, Tools and Applications for Modeling and Simulation of Complex Systems: 16th Asia Simulation Conference and SCS Autumn Simulation Multi-Conference, AsiaSim/SCS AutumnSim 2016, Beijing, China, October 8-11, 2016, Proceedings, Part II, Communications in Computer and Information Science. Springer, Singapore.
A chapter in an edited book
Chopra, S., Shim, S., Steffy, D.E., 2015. A few strong knapsack facets, in: Defourny, B., Terlaky, T. (Eds.), Modeling and Optimization: Theory and Applications: MOPTA, Bethlehem, PA, USA, August 2014 Selected Contributions, Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 77–94.

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. How To Argue With Anti-Vaxxers, According To Science [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, 1971. Multiyear Leasing and Government-Wide Purchasing of Automatic Data Processing Equipment Should Result in Significant Savings (No. B-115369). 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
Marcus, J., 2012. Voices of survival: Opera in Theresienstadt (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

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
Kovaleski, S.F., Alter, A., 2015. Another Drama in Hometown of Harper Lee. New York Times C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hardie, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Hardie, 2010; Yin and Lin, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Yin and Lin, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Pei et al., 2013)

About the journal

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

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