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
Sarewitz, D., 2013. Science must be seen to bridge the political divide. Nature 493, 7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lively, C.M., Dybdahl, M.F., 2000. Parasite adaptation to locally common host genotypes. Nature 405, 679–681.
A journal article with 3 authors
Geng, W.T., Wang, J.-S., Olson, G.B., 2005. Comment on “Grain boundary decohesion by impurity segregation in a nickel-sulfur system.” Science 309, 1677; author reply 1677.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cardone, L., Hirayama, J., Giordano, F., Tamaru, T., Palvimo, J.J., Sassone-Corsi, P., 2005. Circadian clock control by SUMOylation of BMAL1. Science 309, 1390–1394.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lado, E.P., 2016. The Common Fisheries Policy. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Kansaku, K., Cohen, L.G. (Eds.), 2011. Systems Neuroscience and Rehabilitation. Springer Japan, Tokyo.
A chapter in an edited book
Dittrich, P., 2011. Organization Oriented Chemical Computing, in: Gheorghe, M., Hinze, T., Păun, G., Rozenberg, G., Salomaa, A. (Eds.), Membrane Computing: 11th International Conference, CMC 2010, Jena, Germany, August 24-27, 2010. Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 18–18.

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
Fang, J., 2015. Two Surprisingly Modern Jurassic Mammals Found in China [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, 2008. Health Information Technology: HHS Is Pursuing Efforts to Advance Nationwide Implementation, but Has Not Yet Completed a National Strategy (No. GAO-08-499T). 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
Hitchings, J.D., 2008. Teachers’ perceptions of evidence-based decision making: A case study of three schools in British Columbia (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, 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
Billard, M., 2010. Scouting Report. New York Times E5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sarewitz, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Lively and Dybdahl, 2000; Sarewitz, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Lively and Dybdahl, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Cardone et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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