How to format your references using the Revue de micropaléontologie citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Revue de micropaléontologie. 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
Owens, I.P.F., 2002. Ecology and evolution. Sex differences in mortality rate. Science 297, 2008–2009.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kim, S.V., Flavell, R.A., 2004. Immunology. CD8alphaalpha and T cell memory. Science 304, 529–530.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rozin, P., Haidt, J., Fincher, K., 2009. Psychology. From oral to moral. Science 323, 1179–1180.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Li, B., Song, Z., Wang, H., Li, Z., Jiang, P., Zhou, G., 2014. Lithological control on phytolith carbon sequestration in moso bamboo forests. Sci. Rep. 4, 5262.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bouchet, O., 2012. Wireless Optical Communications. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Favini, A., 2012. Degenerate Nonlinear Diffusion Equations, Lecture Notes in Mathematics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Lake, P., Crowther, P., 2013. NoSQL Databases, in: Crowther, P. (Ed.), Concise Guide to Databases: A Practical Introduction, Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science. Springer, London, pp. 97–134.

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 de micropaléontologie.

Blog post
Luntz, S., 2016. LEDs: Saving The World And Also Attracting Fewer Insects [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1996. Army Aviation Testing: Need to Reassess Consolidation Plan (No. NSIAD-96-87). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Watkins, D., 2008. The common factors between coaching cultures and transformational leadership, transactional leadership, and high-performance organizational cultures (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Ratliff, B., 2016. Imagine Beckett as a Cranky Songwriter. New York Times AR12.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Owens, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Kim and Flavell, 2004; Owens, 2002).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Kim and Flavell, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Li et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleRevue de micropaléontologie
AbbreviationRev. Micropaleontol.
ISSN (print)0035-1598

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