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
Gunawardena, J. (2010). Systems biology. Biological systems theory. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5978), 581–582.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pardo-de-Santayana, M., & Macía, M. J. (2015). Biodiversity: The benefits of traditional knowledge. Nature, 518(7540), 487–488.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pichersky, E., Noel, J. P., & Dudareva, N. (2006). Biosynthesis of plant volatiles: nature’s diversity and ingenuity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5762), 808–811.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Smit, P., Raedts, J., Portyanko, V., Debellé, F., Gough, C., Bisseling, T., & Geurts, R. (2005). NSP1 of the GRAS protein family is essential for rhizobial Nod factor-induced transcription. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5729), 1789–1791.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bucci, D. (2017). Analog Electronics for Measuring Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Deng, C., Ma, L., Lin, W., & Ngan, K. N. (Eds.). (2015). Visual Signal Quality Assessment: Quality of Experience (QoE). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Feistauer, M., Sváček, P., & Horáček, J. (2014). Numerical Simulation of Fluid–Structure Interaction Problems with Applications to Flow in Vocal Folds. In T. Bodnár, G. P. Galdi, & Š. Nečasová (Eds.), Fluid-Structure Interaction and Biomedical Applications (pp. 321–393). Springer.

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, D. (2017, January 16). Struggling To Stay Healthy In 2017? Bad Marketing Could Be To Blame. 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. (1987). The Need for Strong Central Oversight of the Federal Government’s War on Drugs (T-GGD-87-17). 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
Lee, S. (2016). Data-driven computer vision for science and the humanities [Doctoral dissertation]. Indiana University.

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
Kanter, J., & Scott, M. (2016, August 30). Deal for Apple on Irish Taxes Is Ruled Illegal. New York Times, A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gunawardena, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Gunawardena, 2010; Pardo-de-Santayana & Macía, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Pardo-de-Santayana & Macía, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Pichersky et al., 2006)
  • 6 or more authors: (Smit et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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