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
S.E. O’Connor, PLANT BIOCHEMISTRY. Fighting cancer while saving the mayapple, Science. 349 (2015) 1167–1168.
A journal article with 2 authors
M. Lee, M.C. Wanke, Applied physics. Searching for a solid-state terahertz technology, Science. 316 (2007) 64–65.
A journal article with 3 authors
P.S. Baran, T.J. Maimone, J.M. Richter, Total synthesis of marine natural products without using protecting groups, Nature. 446 (2007) 404–408.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H.N. Edmonds, P.J. Michael, E.T. Baker, D.P. Connelly, J.E. Snow, C.H. Langmuir, H.J.B. Dick, R. Mühe, C.R. German, D.W. Graham, Discovery of abundant hydrothermal venting on the ultraslow-spreading Gakkel ridge in the Arctic Ocean, Nature. 421 (2003) 252–256.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Masujima, Applied Mathematical Methods in Theoretical Physics, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG, 2005.
An edited book
R.D. Grijs, R.M. González Delgado, eds., Starbursts: From 30 Doradus to Lyman Break Galaxies, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Daněk, L. Kafka, L. Kohout, J. Sýkora, R. Bartosiński, UTLEON3 Programming by Example, in: L. Kafka, L. Kohout, J. Sýkora, R. Bartosinski (Eds.), UTLEON3: Exploring Fine-Grain Multi-Threading in FPGAs, Springer, New York, NY, 2013: pp. 67–77.

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
J. Davis, Global Sea Ice Is Now At The Lowest Extent It Has Ever Been, 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, Space-Based Lasers, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1982.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E. Lundahl Philpot, Social media adoption and use among information technology professionals and implications for leadership, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2013.

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. Wagner, Mets Start Spring as Big Spenders, and Carrying an Outfield Surplus, New York Times. (2017) D2.

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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