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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Comptes rendus - Palevol. 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
Clutton-Brock, T., 2007. Sexual selection in males and females. Science 318, 1882–1885.
A journal article with 2 authors
Carmeliet, P., Jain, R.K., 2011. Molecular mechanisms and clinical applications of angiogenesis. Nature 473, 298–307.
A journal article with 3 authors
Iguchi, I., Yamaguchi, T., Sugimoto, A., 2001. Diamagnetic activity above Tc as a precursor to superconductivity in La2-xSrxCuO4 thin films. Nature 412, 420–423.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hwang, H., Robinson, D., Rogers, J.B., Stevenson, T.K., Lang, S.E., Sadayappan, S., Day, S.M., Sivaramakrishnan, S., Westfall, M.V., 2013. Agonist activated PKCβII translocation and modulation of cardiac myocyte contractile function. Sci. Rep. 3, 1971.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Scott, D.W., 2008. Color Atlas of Farm Animal Dermatology. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Dashefsky, A., Sheskin, I. (Eds.), 2014. American Jewish Year Book 2013: The Annual Record of the North American Jewish Communities, American Jewish Year Book. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Wu, S., Fan, Y., Tian, Y., 2013. Hepatobiliary Surgery, in: Wu, S., Fan, Y., Tian, Y. (Eds.), Atlas of Single-Incision Laparoscopic Operations in General Surgery. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 183–261.

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 - Palevol.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Genetics Reveal Antarctica Was Once Too Cold For Penguins [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2014. Aviation Safety: FAA Should Improve Usability of its Online Application System and Clarity of the Pilot’s Medical Form (No. GAO-14-330). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Bethany, M.P., 2014. Business continuity planning: Identifying gaps, patterns and justifications (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Dominus, S., 2016. Make ‘Em Laugh. New York Times MM38.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Clutton-Brock, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Carmeliet and Jain, 2011; Clutton-Brock, 2007).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Carmeliet and Jain, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Hwang et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleComptes rendus - Palevol
AbbreviationC. R. Palevol
ISSN (print)1631-0683

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