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
Venemans B (2015) Cosmology: A giant in the young Universe. Nature 518:490–491
A journal article with 2 authors
Jucker M, Walker LC (2013) Self-propagation of pathogenic protein aggregates in neurodegenerative diseases. Nature 501:45–51
A journal article with 3 authors
Tamisiea ME, Mitrovica JX, Davis JL (2007) GRACE gravity data constrain ancient ice geometries and continental dynamics over Laurentia. Science 316:881–883
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Zhang J, Fonovic M, Suyama K, et al (2009) Rab35 controls actin bundling by recruiting fascin as an effector protein. Science 325:1250–1254

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Storhas W (2013) Bioverfahrensentwicklung. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Boukas EK, Malhamé RP (eds) (2005) Analysis, Control and Optimization of Complex Dynamic Systems. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Tomczak A, Koropacka K, Smant G, et al (2009) Resistant Plant Responses. In: Berg RH, Taylor CG (eds) Cell Biology of Plant Nematode Parasitism. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 83–113

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
Carpineti A (2017) Extinct Megafauna Dug These Incredible Tunnels In Brazil. 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 (1997) Human Factors: FAA’s Guidance and Oversight of Pilot Crew Resource Management Training Can Be Improved. 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
Kirk C (2017) Early Maladaptive Attachment Styles and Psychological Aggression in Romantic Relationships: A Content Analysis, 2006-2016. 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
Feeney K (2011) A Union of Comfort Foods. New York Times NJ9

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Venemans 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Jucker and Walker 2013; Venemans 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Jucker and Walker 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhang et al. 2009)

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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