How to format your references using the La Revue Sage-Femme citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for La Revue Sage-Femme. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Betancourt JL. PALEOCLIMATE: The Amazon Reveals Its Secrets--Partly. Science 2000;290:2274–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Forget AL, Kowalczykowski SC. Single-molecule imaging of DNA pairing by RecA reveals a three-dimensional homology search. Nature 2012;482:423–7.
A journal article with 3 authors
Passier R, van Laake LW, Mummery CL. Stem-cell-based therapy and lessons from the heart. Nature 2008;453:322–9.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Park H-G, Kim S-H, Kwon S-H, Ju Y-G, Yang J-K, Baek J-H, et al. Electrically driven single-cell photonic crystal laser. Science 2004;305:1444–7.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anisman H. Stress and Your Health. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
Faber C, Farkas G, van der Geer G, editors. K3 Surfaces and Their Moduli. vol. 315. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Bhattacharya S, Ghatak KP. Field Emission from Superlattices of Nonparabolic Semiconductors Under Magnetic Quantization. In: Ghatak KP, editor. Fowler-Nordheim Field Emission: Effects in Semiconductor Nanostructures, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2012, p. 157–84.

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 Sage-Femme.

Blog post
Taub B. World’s Rarest Great Ape Threatened By Nigerian Highway. IFLScience 2016.


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. Vocational Education: 2-Year Colleges Improve Programs, Maintain Access for Special Populations. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1995.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Johnson KC. Teacher and parent perceptions of classroom experiences of African American male students in a high school alternative program. Doctoral dissertation. Pepperdine University, 2013.

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
Schmidt S. In City Rich in History, Unusual Plan to Preserve Poet’s Home. New York Times 2016:A24.

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 Sage-Femme
ISSN (print)1637-4088
ScopeMaternity and Midwifery

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