How to format your references using the Soins Pédiatrie/Puériculture citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Soins Pédiatrie/Puériculture. 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
Weimerskirch H. Ecology. Seabirds--individuals in colonies. Science 2013;341:35–6.
A journal article with 2 authors
Aronson SJ, Rehm HL. Building the foundation for genomics in precision medicine. Nature 2015;526:336–42.
A journal article with 3 authors
Stanley JD, Goddio F, Schnepp G. Nile flooding sank two ancient cities. Nature 2001;412:293–4.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Yasutomo K, Doyle C, Miele L, Fuchs C, Germain RN. The duration of antigen receptor signalling determines CD4+ versus CD8+ T-cell lineage fate. Nature 2000;404:506–10.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Otto M. Chemometrics. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2016.
An edited book
Samantaray AK. Model-based Process Supervision: A Bond Graph Approach. London: Springer; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Naziroğlu M. TRPM2 Cation Channels and Oxidative Stress-Induced Neuronal Cell Death. In: Mandelker L, Vajdovich P, editors. Studies on Veterinary Medicine, Totowa, NJ: Humana Press; 2011, p. 61–76.

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 Soins Pédiatrie/Puériculture.

Blog post
Taub B. Your Dog’s Brain Can Understand What You Say And How You Say It. IFLScience 2016. (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. Curriculum Case Studies Are of Questionable Quality but Helped Precollege Curriculum Activities. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Yaceczko SD. A Telehealth Nutrition Manual for an Online Intensive Behavioral Weight Management Program. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, 2017.

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
Kalogerakis G. More Change At Charlotte And Wilbur’s. New York Times 2017:C13.

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 titleSoins Pédiatrie/Puériculture
AbbreviationSoins Pediatr. Pueric.
ISSN (print)1259-4792

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