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CSE Citation Style Guide

Basic Journal Article

The examples below refer to a basic journal article in print. Note that online journal articles have their own format (see tabs D and E in this guide).

Journal title: Abbreviate the titles of any journals that consist of more than one word. Omit articles, conjunctions, and prepositions (e.g., the, and, of). Do not use apostrophes. Capitalize all the words or abbreviated words in the title.


The Journal of Biocommunication = J Biocommun.

JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association = JAMA

Virology = Virology

To find journal abbreviations:
    CalTech ISI Journal Title Abbreviations:
    NLM Catalog: Journals referenced in the NCBI Databases
    List of Journals currently covered in Medline

General Format


In-Text Citation:
(Author date)
Reference List:
Author AA. Year. Article title. Journal title. Volume(Issue):Page Numbers.




In-Text Citation:
(Board 2001)
Reference List:

Board J. 2001. Reduced lodging for soybeans in low plant population is related to light quality. Crop Sci. 41(2):379-387.