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
D. Cyranoski, Ecologists score victory over controversial dyke project, Nature. 410 (2001) 619.
A journal article with 2 authors
D. López-Carr, J. Marter-Kenyon, Human adaptation: Manage climate-induced resettlement, Nature. 517 (2015) 265–267.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Greiner, J.G. Cuby, M.J. McCaughrean, An unusually massive stellar black hole in the Galaxy, Nature. 414 (2001) 522–525.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M.G. Schueler, A.W. Higgins, M.K. Rudd, K. Gustashaw, H.F. Willard, Genomic and genetic definition of a functional human centromere, Science. 294 (2001) 109–115.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Lowman, A Practical Guide to Analytics for Governments, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2017.
An edited book
M. Monteduro, P. Buongiorno, S. Di Benedetto, A. Isoni, eds., Law and Agroecology: A Transdisciplinary Dialogue, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
C.A.B. Smith, Did Erdős Save Western Civilization?, in: R.L. Graham, J. Nešetřil, S. Butler (Eds.), The Mathematics of Paul Erdős I, Springer, New York, NY, 2013: pp. 81–92.

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, We Have 15 Years To Halt Biodiversity Loss, Can It Be Done?, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Mass Transit: Effects of Tax Changes on Commuter Behavior, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E. Gjelaj Merturi, The Perceptions of Principal-Based Leadership Practices on Student Reading Achievement, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 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
K. Crow, Teachers Adding an H (for Hygiene) to the 3 R’s, New York Times. (2000) B9.

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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