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]
Godfray HCJ. Challenges for taxonomy. Nature 2002;417:17–9.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Shoubridge EA, Wai T. Medicine. Sidestepping mutational meltdown. Science 2008;319:914–5.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Teuten EL, Xu L, Reddy CM. Two abundant bioaccumulated halogenated compounds are natural products. Science 2005;307:917–20.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Klose RJ, Yamane K, Bae Y, Zhang D, Erdjument-Bromage H, Tempst P, et al. The transcriptional repressor JHDM3A demethylates trimethyl histone H3 lysine 9 and lysine 36. Nature 2006;442:312–6.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Bauldry WC. Introduction to Real Analysis. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2009.
An edited book
[1]
Myers WL. Multivariate Methods of Representing Relations in R for Prioritization Purposes: Selective Scaling, Comparative Clustering, Collective Criteria and Sequenced Sets. vol. 6. New York, NY: Springer; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
von der Pfordten D. Justice, Equality and Taxation. In: Gaisbauer HP, Schweiger G, Sedmak C, editors. Philosophical Explorations of Justice and Taxation: National and Global Issues, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015, p. 47–65.

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 E. Seven Sperm Whales Mysteriously Found Dead On Australian Beach. IFLScience 2014. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/seven-sperm-whales-found-dead-australian-beach/ (accessed October 30, 2018).

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. Transportation Safety: Information Concerning Why a 1980 Aircraft Report Was Not Provided Earlier to the National Transportation Safety Board. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Edwards DH. Why Do They Get High?: An Examination of Social Bond Theory and Substance Use in College. Doctoral dissertation. University of Louisiana, 2017.

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]
Feeney K. Cellphone Aside, Step Up for Soup. New York Times 2007:NJ6.

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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