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
Xue L (2008) China: The prizes and pitfalls of progress. Nature 454:398–401
A journal article with 2 authors
Moine H, Mandel JL (2001) Biomedicine. Do G quartets orchestrate fragile X pathology? Science 294:2487–2488
A journal article with 3 authors
Sleutels F, Zwart R, Barlow DP (2002) The non-coding Air RNA is required for silencing autosomal imprinted genes. Nature 415:810–813
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Chen LX, Jäger WJ, Jennings G, et al (2001) Capturing a photoexcited molecular structure through time-domain x-ray absorption fine structure. Science 292:262–264

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dods RF (2013) Understanding Diabetes. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Moritz EF, Haake S (eds) (2006) The Engineering of Sport 6: Volume 3: Developments for Innovation. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Rephaeli Y, Nevalainen J, Ohashi T, Bykov AM (2008) Nonthermal Phenomena in Clusters of Galaxies. In: Kaastra J (ed) Clusters of Galaxies: Beyond the Thermal View. Springer, New York, NY, pp 71–92

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
Andrews R (2017) NASA Picks Groin Airlock As Winner Of Space Poop Competition. 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 (2012) Information Technology Dashboard: Opportunities Exist to Improve Transparency and Oversight of Investment Risk at Select Agencies. 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
Li X (2009) Graph-based learning for information systems. Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona

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
Waldstein D (2016) Cleveland’s Renaissance Reaches the World Series. New York Times B12

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Xue 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Moine and Mandel 2001; Xue 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Moine and Mandel 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Chen 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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