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About CSE

CSE style is commonly used in the sciences. The first edition of the style manual was published in 1960 by the Council of Biology Editors (renamed the Council of Science Editors in 2000). 

CSE style offers three options for in text documentation:

1. (Author-Year) parenthetical citations within a paper to indicate paraphased, summarized or quoted material.

2. Citation-Sequence with superscript numbers to designate paraphrased, summarized, or quoted material, which correspond to numbered (nonalphabetized) entries in the references list at the end of a paper.

3. Citation-Author is based on alphabetized, numbered references at the end of a paper. The corresponding in text citations are designated by superscript numbers.

The organization of the References list at the end of the paper varies, depending on which in text documentation method the writer follows.


Style Manual

Consult the CSE Manual as the definitive source for citation rules:

Cover Art
Scientific Style and Format: the CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (7th edition) - Council of Science Editors
Call Number: Shields Library Bio/Ag Reference T11 .S386 2006 (Lib Use Only)
ISBN: 9780977966509
Publication Date: 2006
Additional copies are available:
Shields Library T11 S386 2006 (Regular Loan)
Carlson Health Sci Library WZ 345 S397 2006 (Regular Loan)
Carlson Health Sci Library Reference WZ 345 S397 2006 (Lib Use Only)

Recommended Guides

Visit these reputable sources for examples of CSE citations:

  • Council of Science Editors (CSE) Citation Style
    This resource from the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison includes instructions on creating in text citations and references lists.
  • Citation Builder
    From the North Carolina State University Libraries. To generate an Author-Year citation, select the type of source you wish to cite. Then enter the components into the online form to generate a formatted citation.

Research Tip

Many of the library's subscription article databases will generate a formatted citation for you.

Be sure to look for Cite options in your database search results!


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