How to format your references using the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Fehr E (2004) The productivity of failures. Nature 428:701
A journal article with 2 authors
Ozanne SE, Hales CN (2004) Lifespan: catch-up growth and obesity in male mice. Nature 427:411–412
A journal article with 3 authors
Blaha G, Stanley RE, Steitz TA (2009) Formation of the first peptide bond: the structure of EF-P bound to the 70S ribosome. Science 325:966–970
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Hemberger J, Lunkenheimer P, Fichtl R, et al (2005) Relaxor ferroelectricity and colossal magnetocapacitive coupling in ferromagnetic CdCr2S4. Nature 434:364–367

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chin WC (2014) Wave Propagation in Drilling, Well Logging and Reservoir Applications. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Brint ME (2009) Integrated Science: New Approaches to Education. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Murphy M (2006) The Role of Assortative Mating on Population Growth in Contemporary Developed Societies. In: Billari FC, Fent T, Prskawetz A, Scheffran J (eds) Agent-Based Computational Modelling: Applications in Demography, Social, Economic and Environmental Sciences. Physica-Verlag HD, Heidelberg, pp 61–84

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 Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting.

Blog post
Fang J (2014) Fossilized Feces Differ Among Ancient Cultures. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (1991) Student Aid Information and Private Tuition-Guarantee Programs. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Johnson DM (2015) Prison nursery programs: Measuring society’s perceptions and support. 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
Kelly M (1992) THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: The Democrats; As Race Looks Tighter, Theme Is Truth and Trust. 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 (Fehr 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Ozanne and Hales 2004; Fehr 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Ozanne and Hales 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Hemberger et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleReview of Quantitative Finance and Accounting
AbbreviationRev. Quant. Fin. Acc.
ISSN (print)0924-865X
ISSN (online)1573-7179
ScopeGeneral Business, Management and Accounting

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