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
Dunn, C. W. (2015). Genomics: Acorn worms in a nutshell. Nature, 527(7579), 448–449.
A journal article with 2 authors
Houghton, M., & Abrignani, S. (2005). Prospects for a vaccine against the hepatitis C virus. Nature, 436(7053), 961–966.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wang, T. T., Parides, M. K., & Palese, P. (2012). Seroevidence for H5N1 influenza infections in humans: meta-analysis. Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6075), 1463.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Stuber, N., Forster, P., Rädel, G., & Shine, K. (2006). The importance of the diurnal and annual cycle of air traffic for contrail radiative forcing. Nature, 441(7095), 864–867.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Borisenko, V. E., & Ossicini, S. (2012). What is What in the Nanoworld. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Pal, R. (2014). An Introduction to Phytoplanktons: Diversity and Ecology (A. K. Choudhury, Ed.). Springer India.
A chapter in an edited book
Nakayama, T. (2015). Biology, Diversity and Ecology of Free-Living Heterotrophic Flagellates. In S. Ohtsuka, T. Suzaki, T. Horiguchi, N. Suzuki, & F. Not (Eds.), Marine Protists: Diversity and Dynamics (pp. 63–87). Springer Japan.

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
Carpineti, A. (2016, July 28). Lonely Young Star Found In The “Middle Of Nowhere.” 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. (1970). Status, Progress, and Problems in Federal Agency Accounting 1969 Annual Report (B-115398). 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
Abraham, S. R. (2015). Using Self-Monitoring and Goal Setting to Increase Swimming in Adults [Doctoral dissertation]. University of South Florida.

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
Poniewozik, J. (2017, August 24). A Buzzkill of a Pot Comedy. New York Times, C9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dunn, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Dunn, 2015; Houghton & Abrignani, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Houghton & Abrignani, 2005)
  • Three authors: (Wang et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Stuber et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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