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
Sanov A. Chemistry. Coherence and symmetry breaking at the molecular level. Science 2007;315:610–1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gurnett DA, Kurth WS. Electron plasma oscillations upstream of the solar wind termination shock. Science 2005;309:2025–7.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tang C, Iwahara J, Clore GM. Visualization of transient encounter complexes in protein-protein association. Nature 2006;444:383–6.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Denicol AC, Dobbs KB, McLean KM, Carambula SF, Loureiro B, Hansen PJ. Canonical WNT signaling regulates development of bovine embryos to the blastocyst stage. Sci Rep 2013;3:1266.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cyr KS. Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 Administration. Indianapolis, IN, USA: Wiley Publishing, Inc.; 2010.
An edited book
Sun N-Z. Model Calibration and Parameter Estimation: For Environmental and Water Resource Systems. New York, NY: Springer; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Doyle E. Anesthesia and Analgesia in Children. In: Benson M, Fixsen J, Macnicol M, Parsch K, editors. Children’s Orthopaedics and Fractures, London: Springer; 2009, p. 37–48.

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
Andrew E. Study of 100 Billion Animals Finds GMOs Safe. IFLScience 2014.


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. Transportation Security: TSA Has Made Progress in Implementing the Transportation Worker Identification Credential Program, but Challenges Remain. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Nguyen LL. Pacific Psychiatric Group: A Business Plan For a Direct Pay Outpatient Psychiatric Practice. 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
Dinardo K. What Tim Cope Learned from the Nomads. New York Times 2015:TR3.

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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