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CSE Style

Learn to cite sources using the Council of Science Editors (CSE) style.

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These examples are based on the 7th edition of the Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (2006). Remember, your professor is the the final authority for the bibliographic form, including spacing used in your paper.

Council of Science Editors (CSE) style is formerly Council of Biology Editors or CBE style.

General Notes:

No commas offset the author’s last name from their initials, no space separates the first and middle initial, and periods do not usually follow initials. In CSE style, titles of periodicals (newspapers, magazines, journals) are capitalized as they appear in publication, but book and article titles only capitalize the first word of a title (or subtitle) and proper nouns (with the exception of abbreviations e.g. HIV, DDAVP).

CSE Style Manual

In-text Citations

There are three ways to cite references using CSE style. Choose one style to use consistently throughout your paper.

Citation-Sequence: In-text citation is a super script number. References are listed at the end of the paper in the order they appear in the paper.

Smith discovered related findings.1

Name-Year: In-text citation is the author’s last name followed by the date. References are listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. This citation style uses a slightly difference end reference style from the examples given above. See the manual for details.

Another study described different results (Brown 2005)…

Citation-Name: In-text citation is a super script number. References are listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order by the author’s last name.

Smith discovered related findings.1