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
Alberts B (2012) H5N1. Introduction. Science 336:1521
A journal article with 2 authors
Andrews L, Wang X (2003) The infrared spectrum of Al2H6 in solid hydrogen. Science 299:2049–2052
A journal article with 3 authors
Burkle LA, Marlin JC, Knight TM (2013) Plant-pollinator interactions over 120 years: loss of species, co-occurrence, and function. Science 339:1611–1615
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Weinstock IA, Barbuzzi EM, Wemple MW, et al (2001) Equilibrating metal-oxide cluster ensembles for oxidation reactions using oxygen in water. Nature 414:191–195

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Orchin M, Macomber RS, Pinhas AR, Wilson RM (2005) The Vocabulary and Concepts of Organic Chemistry. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Bringa T, Toje H (eds) (2016) Eurasian Borderlands: Spatializing Borders in the Aftermath of State Collapse. Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Hoogendoorn M, Jonker CM, Treur J (2007) Redesign of Organizations as a Basis for Organizational Change. In: Noriega P, Vázquez-Salceda J, Boella G, et al. (eds) Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems II: AAMAS 2006 and ECAI 2006 International Workshops, COIN 2006 Hakodate, Japan, May 9, 2006 Riva del Garda, Italy, August 28, 2006. Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 48–64

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
Andrew E (2015) Are Hospitals The Safest Place For Healthy Women To Have Babies? An Obstetrician Thinks Twice. 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) Telecommunications: Issues Related to Competition and Subscriber Rates in the Cable Television Industry. 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
Caraballo-Cole T (2012) Mindfulness-based mental health services for single mothers: A grant proposal. 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
Powell M, Walsh MW (2010) A.I.G. to Pay $725 Million In Ohio Case. 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 (Alberts 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Andrews and Wang 2003; Alberts 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Andrews and Wang 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Weinstock et al. 2001)

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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