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
Gewin, V. (2003). With the United States on high alert over the possibility of bioterror attacks, epidemiologists are in huge demand. Nature, 423(6941), 784–785.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schmerr, N., & Garnero, E. J. (2007). Upper mantle discontinuity topography from thermal and chemical heterogeneity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5850), 623–626.
A journal article with 3 authors
Grzybowski, B. A., Stone, H. A., & Whitesides, G. M. (2000). Dynamic self-assembly of magnetized, millimetre-sized objects rotating at a liquid-air interface. Nature, 405(6790), 1033–1036.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Tay, Y., Zhang, J., Thomson, A. M., Lim, B., & Rigoutsos, I. (2008). MicroRNAs to Nanog, Oct4 and Sox2 coding regions modulate embryonic stem cell differentiation. Nature, 455(7216), 1124–1128.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gustafsson, F. (2001). Adaptive Filtering and Change Detection. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Cimiano, P., & Pinto, H. S. (Eds.). (2010). Knowledge Engineering and Management by the Masses: 17th International Conference, EKAW 2010, Lisbon, Portugal, October 11-15, 2010. Proceedings (Vol. 6317). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bertola, P., Harfoush, N., & Vacca, F. (2016). Charting Interdisciplinary Innovation Programs: Map of Experiences. In B. Banerjee & S. Ceri (Eds.), Creating Innovation Leaders: A Global Perspective (pp. 105–123). 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
Luntz, S. (2015, March 16). Humans Killed Almost Three Million Whales During 20th Century. 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. (2000). Gender Equity: Men’s and Women’s Participation in Higher Education (GAO-01-128). 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
DeLima, L. E. (2017). Implementing an Innovative Educational Program in an Era of Accountability: An Interview Study of the Expeditionary Learning Program [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington 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
Cowen, T. (2016, March 4). A Slowdown That Silicon Valley Doesn’t Believe. New York Times, BU6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gewin, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Gewin, 2003; Schmerr & Garnero, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Schmerr & Garnero, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Grzybowski et al., 2000)
  • 6 or more authors: (Tay et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

Other styles