How to format your references using the Comptes rendus - Mathématique citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Comptes rendus - Mathématique. 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
P. Pockley, Tax blow leaves Australian science reeling, Nature. 405 (2000) 387.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.T. Pomerantz, M. O’Donnell, The replisome uses mRNA as a primer after colliding with RNA polymerase, Nature. 456 (2008) 762–766.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.K. Santra, N. Wajapeyee, M.R. Green, F-box protein FBXO31 mediates cyclin D1 degradation to induce G1 arrest after DNA damage, Nature. 459 (2009) 722–725.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G.-H. Xu, Y.-K. Wang, G.-P. Sheng, Y. Mu, H.-Q. Yu, An MFC-based online monitoring and alert system for activated sludge process, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6779.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Dubé, D. Legros, Spatial Econometrics Using Microdata, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
R. Munoz, V. Morell, E. Cruz, C. Vetterly, eds., Critical Care of Children with Heart Disease: Basic Medical and Surgical Concepts, Springer, London, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
E.P.S. John, The Legacy of the Gi Bill, in: H.-D. Meyer, E.P.S. John, M. Chankseliani, L. Uribe (Eds.), Fairness in Access to Higher Education in a Global Perspective: Reconciling Excellence, Efficiency, and Justice, SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 2013: pp. 57–76.

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 Comptes rendus - Mathématique.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, The 25 Greatest Scientific Hoaxes In History, 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, Preliminary Information on the Federal Government’s Response to Recent Natural Disasters, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.L. Kohl, The association of critical thinking and participation in living and learning programs: Residential Honors compared to Civic /Social Leadership programs and non -participation in living and learning programs, Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, 2009.

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
B. Weiser, B. Protess, M. Goldstein, W.K. Rashbaum, A U.S. Attorney Who Shunned Politics Meets an End Tinged by Them, New York Times. (2017) A18.

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 titleComptes rendus - Mathématique
AbbreviationC. R. Math. Acad. Sci. Paris
ISSN (print)1631-073X
ScopeGeneral Mathematics

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