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
Lusk C. Plant ecology: Tree-species competition and coexistence. Nature 2003;422:580–1; discussion 852.
A journal article with 2 authors
Atkins JF, Gesteland R. Biochemistry. The 22nd amino acid. Science 2002;296:1409–10.
A journal article with 3 authors
Krupic J, Burgess N, O’Keefe J. Neural representations of location composed of spatially periodic bands. Science 2012;337:853–7.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Petrović AP, Paré A, Paudel TR, Lee K, Holmes S, Barnes CHW, et al. Long-range electronic reconstruction to a dxz,yz-dominated Fermi surface below the LaAlO₃/SrTiO₃ interface. Sci Rep 2014;4:5338.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Michaud T. Innovation, Between Science and Science Fiction. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2017.
An edited book
Hudak P, Warren DS, editors. Practical Aspects of Declarative Languages: 10th International Symposium, PADL 2008, San Francisco, CA, USA, January 7-8, 2008. Proceedings. vol. 4902. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Mendels P, Frens J. The Audio Adventurer: Design of a Portable Audio Adventure Game. In: Markopoulos P, Ruyter B de, IJsselsteijn W, Rowland D, editors. Fun and Games: Second International Conference, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, October 20-21, 2008. Proceedings, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2008, p. 46–58.

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
Andrew E. If Everyone Lived in An ‘Ecovillage’, the Earth Would Still be in Trouble. 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. Industrial Policy: Case Studies in the Japanese Experience. 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
Eldridge Z. The Empowerment of a Forgotten Population. Doctoral dissertation. George Washington University, 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
Baker P, Kaplan T, Shear MD. Trump Bypasses G.O.P. To Strike a Deal on Debt. New York Times 2017:A1.

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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