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. Dalton, Palaeoanthropology: face to face with our past, Nature. 420 (2002) 735–736.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.N. Germain, W.E. Paul, Baruj Benacerraf (1920-2011), Nature. 477 (2011) 34.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Della Negra, P. Jenni, T.S. Virdee, Journey in the search for the Higgs boson: the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, Science. 338 (2012) 1560–1568.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S.S.C. Rund, N.A. Bonar, M.M. Champion, J.P. Ghazi, C.M. Houk, M.T. Leming, Z. Syed, G.E. Duffield, Daily rhythms in antennal protein and olfactory sensitivity in the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2494.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
V. Räisänen, Service Modelling, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2006.
An edited book
T. Jiang, N. Navab, J.P.W. Pluim, M.A. Viergever, eds., Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2010: 13th International Conference, Beijing, China, September 20-24, 2010, Proceedings, Part II, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
N. Aydogan-Duda, Education, Science and Technology in Developing Countries, in: N. Aydogan-Duda (Ed.), Making It to the Forefront: Nanotechnology—A Developing Country Perspective, Springer, New York, NY, 2012: pp. 35–40.

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
R. Andrews, The US Army Wants To Design Biodegradable Plant-Growing Bullets, 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, Monitoring the Development of the Federal Power Commission’s Regulatory Information System, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R. Ayres, Optimization of a Novel Oxy-Michael Ugi-Smiles Reaction, Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois 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
W.K. Rashbaum, M. Schwirtz, City Jails Chief Fires Deputy Accused of Eavesdropping, New York Times. (2017) A23.

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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