How to format your references using the Revue d'Epidemiologie et de Santé Publique citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Revue d'Epidemiologie et de Santé Publique. 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
Sastry S. The relationship between fragility, configurational entropy and the potential energy landscape of glass-forming liquids. Nature 2001;409:164–7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Custance O, Morita S. Materials science. How to move an atom. Science 2008;319:1051–2.
A journal article with 3 authors
McGinty RK, Henrici RC, Tan S. Crystal structure of the PRC1 ubiquitylation module bound to the nucleosome. Nature 2014;514:591–6.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Teixeira A, Tahiri-Alaoui A, West S, Thomas B, Ramadass A, Martianov I, et al. Autocatalytic RNA cleavage in the human beta-globin pre-mRNA promotes transcription termination. Nature 2004;432:526–30.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hong G. Causality in a Social World. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
Siddharthan N, Narayanan K, editors. Human Capital and Development: The Indian Experience. 2nd ed. 2013. New Delhi: Springer India; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Sakamura Y, Komaki H. Numerical simulation of the propagation of stress disturbance in shock-loaded granular media using the discrete element method. In: Hannemann K, Seiler F, editors. Shock Waves: 26th International Symposium on Shock Waves, Volume 2, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009, p. 827–32.

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 Revue d'Epidemiologie et de Santé Publique.

Blog post
Andrew E. Is This Really What Happens To Your Body 60 Minutes After Drinking A Can Of Coke? 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. Administrative Systems: NASA Should Reassess Its AIM Program and Rescind Its IBM-Compatible Policy. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Bennett AL. An Empirical Longitudinal Analysis of Agile Methodologies and Firm Financial Performance. Doctoral dissertation. George Washington University, 2019.

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
Rothenberg B. Müller Climbs the Rankings at an Age When Others Retire. New York Times 2017:B11.

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 titleRevue d'Epidemiologie et de Santé Publique
AbbreviationRev. Epidemiol. Sante Publique
ISSN (print)0398-7620
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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