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
Cyranoski D. Satellite set to keep track of whales. Nature 2002;415:354.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yang L, Huang HW. Observation of a membrane fusion intermediate structure. Science 2002;297:1877–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ferrand Y, Crump MP, Davis AP. A synthetic lectin analog for biomimetic disaccharide recognition. Science 2007;318:619–22.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Singhal A, Arora G, Sajid A, Maji A, Bhat A, Virmani R, et al. Regulation of homocysteine metabolism by Mycobacterium tuberculosis S-adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase. Sci Rep 2013;3:2264.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ma AD, Roberts HR, Escobar MA. Hemophilia and Hemostasis. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2012.
An edited book
Pomerance C, Rassias MT, editors. Analytic Number Theory: In Honor of Helmut Maier’s 60th Birthday. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Majorana E, Inguscio M, Minardi F. On the possible anomalous terms of helium. In: Bassani GF, editor. Ettore Majorana Scientific Papers: On occasion of the centenary of his birth, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2006, p. 59–74.

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. Prominent Astronomy Professor Accused Of Repeatedly Sexually Harassing Students. 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. Report on Evaluation of Lapsize Computers. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1985.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Nguyen J. Adherence to medications among Vietnamese Americans 65 years of age and older. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, 2012.

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
Delreal JA, Bromwich JE. Suspect, an Unmoored Retiree, Kept Quiet and Gambled Often. 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 titleMotricité cérébrale
ISSN (print)0245-5919
ScopeClinical Neurology

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