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
A.F. Schier, The maternal-zygotic transition: death and birth of RNAs, Science. 316 (2007) 406–407.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.R. James, R.D. Vale, Biophysical mechanism of T-cell receptor triggering in a reconstituted system, Nature. 487 (2012) 64–69.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.V. Eberhardt, C.Y. Lee, R.H. Liu, Antioxidant activity of fresh apples, Nature. 405 (2000) 903–904.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Reiter, P. Hülsdunk, T. Woo, M.A. Lauterbach, J.S. Eberle, L.A. Akay, A. Longo, J. Meier-Credo, F. Kretschmer, J.D. Langer, M. Kaschube, G. Laurent, Elucidating the control and development of skin patterning in cuttlefish, Nature. 562 (2018) 361–366.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G.J. Hahn, N. Doganaksoy, A Career in Statistics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
A.E. Berbari, G. Mancia, eds., Special Issues in Hypertension, Springer, Milano, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
H. Winter, Kinetic Electron Emission for Grazing Scattering of Atoms and Ions from Surfaces, in: J. Burgdörfer (Ed.), Slow Heavy-Particle Induced Electron Emission from Solid Surfaces, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007: pp. 113–151.

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
C. Carpineti, Scientists Claim To Have Decoded The Mona Lisa’s Famous Smile, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Biosurveillance: Observations on the Cancellation of BioWatch Gen-3 and Future Considerations for the Program, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.A. Rosie, Examining stakeholder perceptions of educational success in the Malagasy public education system, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2012.

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
K. Belson, M. Pilon, Felix’s 200-Meter Win May Help Settle the 100, New York Times. (2012) SP7.

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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