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]
Gillett NP. Climate modelling: Northern Hemisphere circulation. Nature 2005;437:496.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Djupedal I, Ekwall K. Molecular biology. The paradox of silent heterochromatin. Science 2008;320:624–5.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Pearson PN, Foster GL, Wade BS. Atmospheric carbon dioxide through the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition. Nature 2009;461:1110–3.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Hori M, Sótér A, Barna D, Dax A, Hayano R, Friedreich S, et al. Two-photon laser spectroscopy of antiprotonic helium and the antiproton-to-electron mass ratio. Nature 2011;475:484–8.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Dacey JS, Mack MD, Fiore LB. Your Anxious Child. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2016.
An edited book
[1]
Balian EV, Lévêque C, Segers H, Martens K, editors. Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment. vol. 198. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Lagomarsino S, Cattari S. Fragility Functions of Masonry Buildings. In: Pitilakis K, Crowley H, Kaynia AM, editors. SYNER-G: Typology Definition and Fragility Functions for Physical Elements at Seismic Risk: Buildings, Lifelines, Transportation Networks and Critical Facilities, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2014, p. 111–56.

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]
Carpineti A. Remains Of Ancient Star Cluster Found In Milky Way’s Heart. IFLScience 2016.

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. Need for Active Alcohol Public Education Program. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Crane CC. A Qualitative Study on the Preferred Working Environment of Southern California Secondary Teachers with Experience in Both a District Traditional School and a District Charter School. Doctoral dissertation. Pepperdine 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
[1]
Murphy MJO. Seafood With a Scenic Distraction. New York Times 2013:LI8.

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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