How to format your references using the Motricité cérébrale citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Motricité cérébrale. 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
Kuhl PK. Neuroscience. Who’s talking? Science 2011;333:529–30.
A journal article with 2 authors
Roos D, Winterbourn CC. Immunology. Lethal weapons. Science 2002;296:669–71.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ta VD, Chen R, Sun HD. Tuning whispering gallery mode lasing from self-assembled polymer droplets. Sci Rep 2013;3:1362.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Solovyov VF, Ozaki T, Atrei A, Wu L, Al-Mahboob A, Sadowski JT, et al. Highly efficient solid state catalysis by reconstructed (001) ceria surface. Sci Rep 2014;4:4627.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cuddy-Keane M, Hammond A, Peat A. Modernism: Keywords. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2014.
An edited book
Burge MJ, Bowyer KW, editors. Handbook of Iris Recognition. London: Springer; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Ščančar J, Heath E, Zuliani T, Horvat M, Kotnik J, Perko S, et al. Elements and Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Sediments of the Sava River. In: Milačič R, Ščančar J, Paunović M, editors. The Sava River, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2015, p. 95–121.

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 Motricité cérébrale.

Blog post
Andrew E. Artificial Proteins Could Bring The Next Biological Revolution – Starting With MRI. 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. U.S. Postal Service: Information on How Broadband Affects Postal Use and the Communications Options for Rural Residents. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Watson DJ. How the Lead Systems Integrator Experience Should Enhance Efforts to Rebuild the Defense Acquisition Workforce. Doctoral dissertation. George Washington University, 2010.

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
Brantley B. Revealing What You May Not Care to Tell. New York Times 2017:C5.

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 titleMotricité cérébrale
ISSN (print)0245-5919
ScopeClinical Neurology

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