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
Smocovitis VB (2000) George Ledyard Stebbins (1906-2000). Nature 404:562
A journal article with 2 authors
Chaffer CL, Weinberg RA (2011) A perspective on cancer cell metastasis. Science 331:1559–1564
A journal article with 3 authors
Boguski MS, Mandl KD, Sukhatme VP (2009) Drug discovery. Repurposing with a difference. Science 324:1394–1395
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Duan X, Kim T, Han L, et al (2013) Formation of alumina nanocapsules by high-energy-electron irradiation of Na-dawsonite nanorods. Sci Rep 3:3218

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Costa F, Gautier C, Labouré E, Revol B (2013) Electromagnetic Compatibility in Power Electronics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Konagaya A, Satou K (eds) (2005) Grid Computing in Life Science: First International Workshop on Life Science Grid, LSGRID 2004, Kanazawa, Japan, May 31-June 1, 2004, Revised Selected and Invited Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
LeoGrande WM (2016) The End of the Bogeyman: The Political Repercussions of the US-Cuban Rapprochement. In: Hershberg E, LeoGrande WM (eds) A New Chapter in US-Cuba Relations: Social, Political, and Economic Implications. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 53–65

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) Trans Fats Linked To Greater Risk Of Death And Heart Disease. 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) Use of Surplus Dairy Products in the National School Lunch Program. 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
Akiyama KM (2017) Taste Detection in Post-Laryngectomy Head and Neck Cancer Survivors and Its Effect on Dietary Intake and Malnutrition Status. 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
Crow K (2001) A Sassy Lass Makes Way for Staid. New York Times 144

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smocovitis 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Smocovitis 2000; Chaffer and Weinberg 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Chaffer and Weinberg 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Duan et al. 2013)

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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