Workshop: How to Write Great Papers

In this workshop, Professor Tony Vernon and Dr. Irene Kanter-Schlifke (Elsevier) talk about the ins and outs of scientific publishing, and give practical tips to early career researchers. Advertisements


Custom citation style for Mendeley

The Zotero Style Repository has a total of 8405 citations styles (so far!), 1444 in medicine and 659 in biology, that is a lot! It can be difficult to find just the right citation style to use for writing your thesis.

Fortunately, Mendeley provides a Visual CSL Editor to make custom citation styles. In our department we usually use a variation of the Harvard format (author-date):

Inline citations:

  • This style is designed for long manuscripts, hence the use of a (author-date) referencing style to avoid going all the way to the references section to find out which reference is which.
  • A minimum of three authors is required to generate “et al.“.
  • I used the symbol “&” instead of “and” or “et” to avoid changing styles when writing in English or in French (or any other language for that matter).
  • Authors names are separated from the year by a “,”
  • The delimiter between inline citations is “;”.


  • Single citation: (Accadia et al., 2012)
  • Merged citations: (Ahlquist & Breunig, 2009; Dunnett & Kingsbury, 2008)


  • The style  generate “et al.” if the number of authors exceeds 6.
  • The year comes right after the authors’ names instead of leaving to the end of the reference (the reason behind this is to avoid confusion when you have successive references of the same author.
  • Journal names are abbreviated and italicized.
  • Included the edition number for books as an option (Ed. X).
  • Book chapters are generated as: Author (Year). “Chapter’s title” Book title (editors names). City: Publisher.


  • Journal article: Accadia T, Acernese F, Alshourbagy M, Amico P, Antonucci F, Aoudia S, et al. (2012).Virgo: a laser interferometer to detect gravitational waves. J Instrum 7(03):P03012–P03012.
  • Book: Dunnett N & Kingsbury N (2008). Planting green roofs and living walls. Ed. 2. Portland, OR: Timber Press.
  • Book chapter: Mares I (2001). “Firms and the welfare state: When, why, and how does social policy matter to employers?” Varieties of capitalism. The institutional foundations of comparative advantage (eds.Peter A Hall, David Soskice). New York: Oxford University Press.

The style is available on Mendeley’s CSL repository and can be used with Mendeley, Zotero and other apps supporting CSL.

Foresight report on food systems and diets

The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition have launched the Foresight report: Food systems and diets, facing the challenges of the 21st century. Global Panel reports that “This report was commissioned by the Global Panel in 2015 and looks out to 2035 and beyond. It considers low and middle income countries in particular, […]


Guide to questionnaire design

No survey can achieve success without a well-designed questionnaire. Unfortunately, questionnaire design has no theoretical base to guide the marketing researcher in developing a flawless questionnaire. All the researcher has to guide him/her is a lengthy list of do’s and don’ts born out of the experience of other researchers past and present. Hence, questionnaire design […]


Cycle du double fardeau de la malnutrition

Shrimpton & Rokx ont publié en 2012 un livre décrivant l’inter-relation entre les problèmes liés à la sous-nutrition et ceux liés à la sur-nutrition, et le cycle vicieux qu’est le double fardeau de la malnutrition (Shrimpton, R. and Rokx, C. (2012) The double burden of malnutrition: A review of global evidence. Washington: The International Bank […]