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
Scully T. Sleep. Nature 2013;497:S1-3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chemla DS, Shah J. Many-body and correlation effects in semiconductors. Nature 2001;411:549–57.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kearns M, Suri S, Montfort N. An experimental study of the coloring problem on human subject networks. Science 2006;313:824–7.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Quan T, Li J, Zhou H, Li S, Zheng T, Yang Z, et al. Digital reconstruction of the cell body in dense neural circuits using a spherical-coordinated variational model. Sci Rep 2014;4:4970.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brunet R. Sustainable Geography. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2013.
An edited book
Hájek P. Biorthogonal Systems in Banach Spaces. New York, NY: Springer; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Lakshminarayan CK. High Dimensional Big Data and Pattern Analysis: A Tutorial. In: Bhatnagar V, Srinivasa S, editors. Big Data Analytics: Second International Conference, BDA 2013, Mysore, India, December 16-18, 2013, Proceedings, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2013, p. 68–85.

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
Carpineti C. There Could Be An Enormous Secret Concealed Within Tutankhamun’s Tomb. IFLScience 2017.


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. Aviation Security: TSA Is Taking Steps to Validate the Science Underlying Its Passenger Behavior Detection Program, but Efforts May Not Be Comprehensive. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2011.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Beattie LJ. Meeting the Needs of Low Income Students. Doctoral dissertation. Southern Illinois 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
Saslow L. On the Home Lawn, Where Alligators Roam. New York Times 2006:14LI2.

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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