How to format your references using the La revue de médecine légale citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for La revue de médecine légale. 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
[1]
Ball P. Let’s catch some rays. Nature 2002;419:12–4.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Whitesides GM, Crabtree GW. Don’t forget long-term fundamental research in energy. Science 2007;315:796–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Li de la Sierra-Gallay I, Pellegrini O, Condon C. Structural basis for substrate binding, cleavage and allostery in the tRNA maturase RNase Z. Nature 2005;433:657–61.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Miao F, Wijeratne S, Zhang Y, Coskun UC, Bao W, Lau CN. Phase-coherent transport in graphene quantum billiards. Science 2007;317:1530–3.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Sue DW. Overcoming Our Racism. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2003.
An edited book
[1]
Gayar NE, Kittler J, Roli F, editors. Multiple Classifier Systems: 9th International Workshop, MCS 2010, Cairo, Egypt, April 7-9, 2010. Proceedings. vol. 5997. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Li L, Chen J, Jia K. New Impossible Differential Cryptanalysis of Reduced-Round Camellia. In: Lin D, Tsudik G, Wang X, editors. Cryptology and Network Security: 10th International Conference, CANS 2011, Sanya, China, December 10-12, 2011. Proceedings, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011, p. 26–39.

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 La revue de médecine légale.

Blog post
[1]
Andrew D. Why Artificial Turf May Truly Be Bad For Kids. IFLScience 2017.

Reports

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office. National Science Foundation Management Review of Research Grant Award Recommendations. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1982.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Carolina DS. A qualitative study of the healthcare experiences and health information acquisition of African American men. Doctoral dissertation. University of Phoenix, 2009.

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
[1]
Barry E, Kramer AE. In Biting Cold, Protesters Pack the Center of Moscow to Rally Against Putin. New York Times 2012:A8.

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 titleLa revue de médecine légale
ISSN (print)1878-6529
ScopePathology and Forensic Medicine

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