How to format your references using the Research in Accounting Regulation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Research in Accounting Regulation. 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
Ellis, G. F. (2000). Dennis Sciama (1926-99). Nature, 403(6771), 722.
A journal article with 2 authors
Spaldin, N. A., & Fiebig, M. (2005). Materials science. The renaissance of magnetoelectric multiferroics. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5733), 391–392.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bailor, M. H., Sun, X., & Al-Hashimi, H. M. (2010). Topology links RNA secondary structure with global conformation, dynamics, and adaptation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 327(5962), 202–206.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Koh, L. P., Dunn, R. R., Sodhi, N. S., Colwell, R. K., Proctor, H. C., & Smith, V. S. (2004). Species coextinctions and the biodiversity crisis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5690), 1632–1634.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Narang, R. K. (2013). Inside the Black Box. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
D’Mello, S., Graesser, A., Schuller, B., & Martin, J.-C. (Eds.). (2011). Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction: Fourth International Conference, ACII 2011, Memphis, TN, USA, October 9–12, 2011, Proceedings, Part II (Vol. 6975). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Rajasekar, S., & Sanjuan, M. A. F. (2016). Vibrational Resonance in Multistable and Excitable Systems. In M. A. F. Sanjuan (Ed.), Nonlinear Resonances (pp. 119–137). Springer International Publishing.

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 Research in Accounting Regulation.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, October 3). Five Global Catastrophes That Could Happen Tomorrow. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1981). National Research Centers Supported by NSF (PAD-81-79). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Fuentez, O. L. (2010). Proposition 21: Juveniles tried as adults [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Walsh, M. W. (2016, January 29). In Puerto Rico, Talks Resume Between Utility and Creditors. New York Times, B6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ellis, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Ellis, 2000; Spaldin & Fiebig, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Spaldin & Fiebig, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Bailor et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Koh et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleResearch in Accounting Regulation
AbbreviationRes. Acc. Regul.
ISSN (print)1052-0457
Sociology and Political Science

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