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
Ahlberg PE (2004) Comment on “The early evolution of the tetrapod humerus.” Science 305:1715; author reply 1715
A journal article with 2 authors
Pilkey OH, Cooper JAG (2004) Climate. Society and sea level rise. Science 303:1781–1782
A journal article with 3 authors
Hayes D, Griffin GB, Engel GS (2014) Response to Comment on “Engineering coherence among excited states in synthetic heterodimer systems.” Science 344:1099
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Ochiai H, Sugawara T, Sakuma T, Yamamoto T (2014) Stochastic promoter activation affects Nanog expression variability in mouse embryonic stem cells. Sci Rep 4:7125

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Weber P, Simon C (2016) Benefits of Bayesian Network Models. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Fanelli GC (ed) (2013) The Multiple Ligament Injured Knee: A Practical Guide to Management, 2nd ed. 2013. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Bergamasco M, Frisoli A, Avizzano CA (2007) Exoskeletons as Man-Machine Interface Systems for Teleoperation and Interaction in Virtual Environments. In: Ferre M, Buss M, Aracil R, et al. (eds) Advances in Telerobotics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 61–76

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
Andrew E (2014) Cycloid Optical Illusion Will Boggle Your Mind. 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 (2003) Major Management Challenges and Program Risks: National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 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
Norris EL (2008) A depth psychological view of the Christian myth: C. G. Jung, Elizabeth Boyden Howes, and the Guild for Psychological Studies. Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute

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
Casey N (2017) Peace Is New Test for Colombian Coca Farmers. 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 (Ahlberg 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Pilkey and Cooper 2004; Ahlberg 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Pilkey and Cooper 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Ochiai et al. 2014)

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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