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
Abbott A. Genomics: sorry, dogs - man’s got a new best friend. Nature 2002;420:729.
A journal article with 2 authors
Siller S, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK. Sexual selection and the maintenance of sex. Nature 2001;411:689–92.
A journal article with 3 authors
Godfrey DI, Pellicci DG, Smyth MJ. Immunology. The elusive NKT cell antigen--is the search over? Science 2004;306:1687–9.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Abram NJ, Gagan MK, Liu Z, Hantoro WS, McCulloch MT, Suwargadi BW. Seasonal characteristics of the Indian Ocean Dipole during the Holocene epoch. Nature 2007;445:299–302.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wren C. Concise Guide to Pediatric Arrhythmias. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2011.
An edited book
Mordini A, Faigl F, editors. New Methodologies and Techniques for a Sustainable Organic Chemistry. vol. 246. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Hu K-M, Li Y-Z, Guan X-M. Research of the Pipe Flow Measurement and Control System Based on BP Neural Networks PID. In: Kim H, editor. Advances in Technology and Management: Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTAM 2012), International Convention Center Jeju, Jeju-Island, Korea, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2012, p. 29–35.

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
Hale T. Marijuana Contains “Alien DNA” From Outside Of Our Solar System, NASA Confirms. IFLScience 2016.


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. Evaluation of Unit Cost Reports Submitted Under Public Law 97-86, Section 917. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1982.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Lambert M. Generational Differences in the Workplace: The Perspectives of Three Generations on Career Mobility. Doctoral dissertation. George Washington University, 2015.

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
Kelly AL. It’s No Fun, but It May Save Your Life. New York Times 1999:G9.

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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