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
Dainton M (2001) Palaeoanthropology: Did our ancestors knuckle-walk? Nature 410:324–5; disussion 326
A journal article with 2 authors
Davidson EA, Janssens IA (2006) Temperature sensitivity of soil carbon decomposition and feedbacks to climate change. Nature 440:165–173
A journal article with 3 authors
Shiu R-F, Chin W-C, Lee C-L (2014) Carbonaceous particles reduce marine microgel formation. Sci Rep 4:5856
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Massey S, Yeager LA, Blumentritt CA, et al (2014) Comparative Burkholderia pseudomallei natural history virulence studies using an aerosol murine model of infection. Sci Rep 4:4305

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bernheim MLC (2008) Ciba Foundation Symposium 39 - Monoamine Oxidase and its Inhibition: Ciba/Monoamine. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, UK
An edited book
Semmler W, Schwaiger M (eds) (2008) Molecular Imaging I. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Vitali C, Baldini C, Bombardieri S (2012) Current Concepts on Classification Criteria and Disease Status Indexes in Sjögren’s Syndrome. In: Fox RI, Fox CM (eds) Sjögren’s Syndrome: Practical Guidelines to Diagnosis and Therapy. Springer, New York, NY, pp 59–72

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
Andrews R (2017) Creationist Scientist Sues The Grand Canyon For Religious Discrimination. 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 (1989) ADP Planning: FDA’s Plans to Improve Processing of Medical Device and Drug Applications. 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
Duan C (2004) Dynamic Analysis of Dry Friction Path in a Torsional System. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State 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
Koblin J (2016) A Media Odd Couple Determined to Jell. New York Times B1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dainton 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Dainton 2001; Davidson and Janssens 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Davidson and Janssens 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Massey 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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