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CSE Citation Style Guide

This guide gives information and examples for citation using the CSE (Council of Science Editors) style.

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This guide outlines how to cite some of the more common information sources in the Council of Science Editor’s (CSE) Style Name-Year system. For a comprehensive listing, please consult:

Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, editors, and Publishers, 8th Ed.

Note that sample references can be found beginning at Chapter 29.2: References within the Text (In-Text References).

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About CSE style

The Council of Science Editor's (CSE) style is used for citing references in the physical and life sciences.

  • The CSE style has two systems of citation, the Citation-Sequence system and the Name-Year system. This guide focuses on the Name-Year system. 
  • Your CSE citations will include in text citations, as well as a Reference List at the end of your paper.
  • CSE was formerly called CBE style.

The purpose of documentation is to:

  • Identify (cite) other people’s ideas and information used within your essay or term paper.
  • Indicate the authors or sources of these in a Cited References list at the end of your paper.