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A complete journal citation consists of author(s) last name(s) and initials, abbreviated journal title, date of publication, volume number, issue, and page range. Note that none of these elements are bolded or italicized, and punctuation matters. Only the first word and any proper nouns are capitalized in the article title.

The order of elements in your citation will vary according to the in-text citation style you are using. Examples are listed on this page for both scenarios. For more information about in-text citations, refer the the CSE Style Guide homepage.

 

Journal Abbreviations:

Online Journal Article

Online journal article citations closely resemble print journal citations, but they require additional information about when the article was last updated and when you accessed it. Include both the URL and the doi if you have them.

If an online journal article has between two and ten authors, list all of them in your end reference. If an article has more than ten authors, list the first ten followed by "et al." in your citation. Author names are separated with a comma.  List the authors' names in the same order as they are listed in the paper being cited.

 

Citation-Sequence or Citation-Name:

Author(s). Article title. Journal Title Abbreviation. Date of publication [date updated; date accessed];volume(issue):page range. URL.

Savage E, Ramsay M, White J, Beard S, Lawson H, Hunjan R, Brown D. Mumps outbreaks across England and Wales in 2004: observational study. BMJ. 2005 [accessed 2005 May 31];330(7500):1119-1120. http://bmj.bmjournals.com/cgi/reprint/330/7500/1119. doi:10.1136/bmj.330.7500.1119.

 

Name-Year:

Author(s). Date of publication. Article title. Journal Title Abbreviation. [date updated; date accessed];volume(issue):page range. URL.

Savage E, Ramsay M, White J, Beard S, Lawson H, Hunjan R, Brown D. 2005. Mumps outbreaks across England and Wales in 2004: observational study. BMJ. [accessed 2005 May 31];330(7500):1119-1120. http://bmj.bmjournals.com/cgi/reprint/330/7500/1119. doi:10.1136/bmj.330.7500.1119.

 

Print Journal Article

If a journal article has between two and ten authors, list all of them in your end reference. If a journal article has more than ten authors, list the first ten followed by "et al." in your citation. Author names are separated with a comma. List the authors' names in the same order as they are listed in the paper being cited.

 

Citation-Sequence or Citation-Name:

Author(s). Article title. Journal Title Abbreviation. Date;volume(issue):page range.

Smart N, Fang ZY, Marwick TH. A practical guide to exercise training for heart failure patients. J Card Fail. 2003;9(1):49-58.

 

Name-Year:

Author(s). Date. Article title. Journal Title Abbreviation. Volume(issue):page range.

Smart N, Fang ZY, Marwick TH. 2003. A practical guide to exercise training for heart failure patients. J Card Fail. 9(1):49-58.

Organization as Author

If a journal article is published by an organization and no individual author name is present, use the name of the organization in place of an author name.

 

Citation-Sequence or Citation-Name:

Organization Name. Article title. Journal Title Abbreviation. Date;volume(issue):page range.

Royal Marsden Hospital Bone-Marrow Transplantation Team (GB). Failure of Syngeneic bone-marrow graft without preconditioning in post-hepatitis marrow aplasia. Lancet. 1977;2(8041):742-744.

 

Name-Year:

Organization Name. Date. Article title. Journal Title Abbreviation. Volume(issue):page range.

Royal Marsden Hospital Bone-Marrow Transplantation Team (GB). 1977. Failure of Syngeneic bone-marrow graft without preconditioning in post-hepatitis marrow aplasia. Lancet. 2(8041):742-744.

Journal Article with No Author

If a journal article has neither an author name nor an organization name listed, begin your end reference with the article title.

 

Citation-Sequence or Citation-Name:

Article title. Journal Title Abbreviation. Date;volume(issue):page range.

Changes made to policy, standards for disease-specific care certification. Jt Comm Perspect. 2003;23(1):9-10.

 

Name-Year:

Article title. Date. Journal Title Abbreviation. Volume(issue):page range.

Changes made to policy, standards for disease-specific care certification. 2003. Jt Comm Perspect. 23(1):9-10.