How to format your references using the Bulletin du Cancer citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Bulletin du Cancer. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Konner M. Seeking universals. Nature 2002;415:121.
A journal article with 2 authors
Michaelis S, Hrycyna CA. Biochemistry. A protease for the ages. Science 2013;339:1529–30.
A journal article with 3 authors
Li X, Zhao J, Yang J. Semihydrogenated BN sheet: a promising visible-light driven photocatalyst for water splitting. Sci Rep 2013;3:1858.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Peng CY, Manning L, Albertson R, Doe CQ. The tumour-suppressor genes lgl and dlg regulate basal protein targeting in Drosophila neuroblasts. Nature 2000;408:596–600.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Burnett R, Brunstrom A, Nilsson AG. Perspectives on Multimedia. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2005.
An edited book
Höhn C, Avramov D, Kotowska IE, editors. People, Population Change and Policies: Lessons from the Population Policy Acceptance Study Vol. 1: Family Change. vol. 16/1. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Wagner M, Wellmer F-W. A Hierarchy of Natural Resources with Respect to Sustainable Development—A Basis for a Natural Resources Efficiency Indicator. In: Richards J, editor. Mining, Society, and a Sustainable World, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2010, p. 91–121.

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 Bulletin du Cancer.

Blog post
Andrew E. Cosmic Radiation: The Dawn Of New Physics Or Statistical Slip-Up? IFLScience 2014. (accessed October 30, 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. School Vouchers: Publicly Funded Programs in Cleveland and Milwaukee. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2001.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Greene L. Perceptions Of Women Leaders In A Catholic Archdiocese: A Phenomenological Study. Doctoral dissertation. Pepperdine University, 2017.

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
Mueller B, Remnick N, Baker AL. Blood Spilled in South Bronx As National Gang Colors Blur. New York Times 2017:A1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleBulletin du Cancer
AbbreviationBull. Cancer
ISSN (print)0007-4551
ScopeCancer Research
General Medicine
Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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