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
Loubere, P. (2000). Marine control of biological production in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. Nature, 406(6795), 497–500.
A journal article with 2 authors
Boyd, R., & Mathew, S. (2007). Behavior. A narrow road to cooperation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5833), 1858–1859.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cabernard, C., Prehoda, K. E., & Doe, C. Q. (2010). A spindle-independent cleavage furrow positioning pathway. Nature, 467(7311), 91–94.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Körding, E., Rupen, M., Knigge, C., Fender, R., Dhawan, V., Templeton, M., & Muxlow, T. (2008). A transient radio jet in an erupting dwarf nova. Science (New York, N.Y.), 320(5881), 1318–1320.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Meiswinkel, R., Meyer, J., & Schnell, J. (2013). Design and Construction of Nuclear Power Plants. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
McCoach, D. B. (2013). Instrument Development in the Affective Domain: School and Corporate Applications (R. K. Gable & J. P. Madura, Eds.; 3rd ed. 2013). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Enslin, P., & Tjiattas, M. (2012). Democratic Inclusion and Lifelong Learning in a Globalising World. In D. N. Aspin, J. Chapman, K. Evans, & R. Bagnall (Eds.), Second International Handbook of Lifelong Learning (pp. 77–90). Springer Netherlands.

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, June 12). What Happens When You Mix Molten Lead And Coca-Cola? 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. (1982). Education Paperwork Requirements Are Burdensome: Better Federal Controls Needed (GGD-82-28). 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
Whittle, C. M. (2009). The genomic distribution and function of NFI and histone variant H2A.Z during Caenorhabditis elegans development [Doctoral dissertation]. University of North Carolina.

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
Lewis, M. J. (2017, September 11). The Art of War. New York Times, BR21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Loubere, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Boyd & Mathew, 2007; Loubere, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Boyd & Mathew, 2007)
  • Three authors: (Cabernard et al., 2010)
  • 6 or more authors: (Körding et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

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