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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Comptes rendus - Physique. 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
M. Hochstrasser, Molecular biology. New proteases in a ubiquitin stew, Science. 298 (2002) 549–552.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.W.L. Teng, M.J. Smyth, Cancer. Can cancer trigger autoimmunity?, Science. 343 (2014) 147–148.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.N. Weber, B.K. Peterson, H.E. Hoekstra, Discrete genetic modules are responsible for complex burrow evolution in Peromyscus mice, Nature. 493 (2013) 402–405.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T.G. Gunnarsson, J.A. Gill, T. Sigurbjörnsson, W.J. Sutherland, Pair bonds: arrival synchrony in migratory birds, Nature. 431 (2004) 646.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
V. Guinot, Wave Propagation in Fluids, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
J. Buchmann, Binary Quadratic Forms: An Algorithmic Approach, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
A.R. Jiménez, F. Seco, F. Zampella, J.C. Prieto, J. Guevara, Indoor Localization of Persons in AAL Scenarios Using an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and the Signal Strength (SS) from RFID Tags, in: S. Chessa, S. Knauth (Eds.), Evaluating AAL Systems Through Competitive Benchmarking: International Competitions and Final Workshop, EvAAL 2012, July and September 2012. Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 32–51.

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 - Physique.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Zoo Animal Jam Sessions Provide Enrichment, 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, Airport Infrastructure: Unresolved Issues Make It Difficult to Determine the Cost to Serve New Large Aircraft, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Takayama, The development of writing in Japanese and English of JHL speakers and the dynamics of bilingual learning, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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
J. Poniewozik, A Tabloid Murder Tale of Little Suspense, New York Times. (2017) C6.

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 - Physique
AbbreviationC. R. Phys.
ISSN (print)1631-0705
ScopeGeneral Physics and Astronomy

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