How to format your references using the Review of Regional Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Review of Regional Research. 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
Hayflick L (2000) New approaches to old age. Nature 403:365
A journal article with 2 authors
Chen K, Baran PS (2009) Total synthesis of eudesmane terpenes by site-selective C-H oxidations. Nature 459:824–828
A journal article with 3 authors
Sander R, Crutzen PJ, von Glasow R (2004) Comment on “Reactions at interfaces as a source of sulfate formation in sea-salt particles” (II). Science 303:628; author reply 628
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Han L, Liu H, Cui P, et al (2014) Alloy Cu₃Pt nanoframes through the structure evolution in Cu-Pt nanoparticles with a core-shell construction. Sci Rep 4:6414

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Karamalidis AK, Dzombak DA (2010) Surface Complexation Modeling. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Muthu SS (ed) (2014) Assessment of Carbon Footprint in Different Industrial Sectors, Volume 1. Springer, Singapore
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 Regional Research.

Blog post
Davis J (2015) What It’s Like To Live In A Town That Needs Its Own Polar Bear Jail. 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 (2001) Air Traffic Control: FAA Enhanced the Controller-in-Charge Program, but More Comprehensive Evaluation is Needed. 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
LeBlanc DC (2008) The relationship between Information Technology project manager personality type and project success. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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 (1993) Clinton Talks to Children, But Addresses Everybody. New York Times 124

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hayflick 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Hayflick 2000; Chen and Baran 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Chen and Baran 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Han et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleReview of Regional Research
AbbreviationRev. Reg. Res.
ISSN (print)0173-7600
ISSN (online)1613-9836
ScopeGeography, Planning and Development

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