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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Comptes rendus - Mécanique. 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
R. Bennett, Journal club. A microbiologist wonders what turns us on, Nature. 461 (2009) 15.
A journal article with 2 authors
N. Okamoto, I. Inouye, A secondary symbiosis in progress?, Science. 310 (2005) 287.
A journal article with 3 authors
Y. Usami, Y. Wu, H.G. Göttlinger, SERINC3 and SERINC5 restrict HIV-1 infectivity and are counteracted by Nef, Nature. 526 (2015) 218–223.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
P. Cebe, X. Hu, D.L. Kaplan, E. Zhuravlev, A. Wurm, D. Arbeiter, C. Schick, Beating the heat--fast scanning melts silk beta sheet crystals, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1130.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.D. Cooper, Soil Water Measurement, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2016.
An edited book
T. Strong-Wilson, C. Mitchell, A. Susann, K. Pithouse-Morgan, eds., Productive Remembering and Social Agency, SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Zhao, J. Ma, X. Wang, X. Tian, Personalized Location Anonymity - A Kernel Density Estimation Approach, in: B. Cui, N. Zhang, J. Xu, X. Lian, D. Liu (Eds.), Web-Age Information Management: 17th International Conference, WAIM 2016, Nanchang, China, June 3-5, 2016, Proceedings, Part II, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 52–64.

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 - Mécanique.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Biotech Firm 3D Prints Fake Rhino Horn That’s Genetically Identical To The Real Thing, IFLScience. (2015).


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, The President’s Decision to Order a Chinese Company’s Divestiture of a Recently Acquired U.S. Aircraft Parts Manufacturer, 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
W. Yu, Impacts of storms and sea-level rise on coastal evolution between two capes: Onslow Bay, North Carolina, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 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
B. Hubbard, With Harleys and Hamburgers, Saudis Salute U.S. on Trump’s Visit, New York Times. (2017) A12.

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 - Mécanique
AbbreviationComptes Rendus Mécanique
ISSN (print)1631-0721
ScopeMechanics of Materials
General Materials Science

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