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
van den Heuvel EPJ (2004) Astronomy. Double pulsar jackpot. Science 303:1143–1144
A journal article with 2 authors
Vaughn MW, Martienssen R (2005) It’s a small RNA world, after all. Science 309:1525–1526
A journal article with 3 authors
Yonezawa H, Aoki T, Furusawa A (2004) Demonstration of a quantum teleportation network for continuous variables. Nature 431:430–433
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Kuhlemann J, Rohling EJ, Krumrei I, et al (2008) Regional synthesis of Mediterranean atmospheric circulation during the Last Glacial Maximum. Science 321:1338–1340

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kirwan MJ (2013) Handbook of Paper and Paperboard Packaging Technology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford
An edited book
Rebennack S, Pardalos PM, Pereira MVF, Iliadis NA (eds) (2010) Handbook of Power Systems II. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Del Baldo M (2016) Formal Cooperation for Developing Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Among Tourism SMEs in Italy: Insights, Limits and Potentialities of the Network Contract. In: Idowu SO (ed) Key Initiatives in Corporate Social Responsibility: Global Dimension of CSR in Corporate Entities. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 103–129

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
Luntz S (2015) Earth’s Gravity Gives The Moon A Massage. 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 (1998) Financial Audit: District of Columbia Highway Trust Fund’s Fiscal Year 1997 Financial Statements. 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
Lofton CD (2012) Mid-Career Transitions: A Qualitative Study Examining the Developmental Relationships, Attitudes, Networks, and Strategies of Frontline Workers that Seek Career Development and Advancement. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University

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
Rashbaum WK, Mueller B (2015) Escaped Killer Is Fatally Shot in New York. New York Times A1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (van den Heuvel 2004).
This sentence cites two references (van den Heuvel 2004; Vaughn and Martienssen 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Vaughn and Martienssen 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Kuhlemann et al. 2008)

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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