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
Collins J. Synthetic Biology: Bits and pieces come to life. Nature 2012;483:S8-10.
A journal article with 2 authors
Campillo M, Paul A. Long-range correlations in the diffuse seismic coda. Science 2003;299:547–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
Richardson JJ, Björnmalm M, Caruso F. Multilayer assembly. Technology-driven layer-by-layer assembly of nanofilms. Science 2015;348:aaa2491.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Reznik D, Pintschovius L, Ito M, Iikubo S, Sato M, Goka H, et al. Electron-phonon coupling reflecting dynamic charge inhomogeneity in copper oxide superconductors. Nature 2006;440:1170–3.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Eicker U. Solar Technologies for Buildings. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2005.
An edited book
Kuhn M. Applied Predictive Modeling. New York, NY: Springer; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Chakravarthy S, Jiang Q. LITERATURE REVIEW. In: Chakravarthy S, editor. Stream Data Processing: A Quality of Service Perspective: Modeling, Scheduling, Load Shedding, and Complex Event Processing, Boston, MA: Springer US; 2009, p. 33–48.

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
O`Callaghan J. Tesla Unveils Solar Roof Tiles In Bid To Make Homes 100% Renewable. IFLScience 2016. (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. Safety Effects of Less Prescriptive Requirements for Low-Stress Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines Are Uncertain. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Sherman CP. The effect of head and heart on municipal employee retention. Doctoral dissertation. University of Phoenix, 2001.

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
Kelly BYMA. For French, Apprehension About Travel to U.S. New York Times 2003:W1.

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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