Citing Your Sources: CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style
Scientific Style and Format: the CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers
Style Manual Committee, Council of Science Editors. 7th ed.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Science & Engineering Library XT11.S386 2006
See Chapter 29- References (pp. 490-575).
Information about citing electronic sources appears on pages 552-564.
CSE style has three variations:
the Citation-Sequence system (see page 492)
the Name-Year system (see pages 492-495)
the Citation-Name system (see page 495-496)
The following examples use the Name-Year system.
CSE citation style has two parts: in-text citation and a reference list.
- The in-text citation includes the last name of the author(s) and the year of publication of the document enclosed in parentheses.in-text citation: (Sawin 2004)
- The reference list is included at the end of the document. Reference list entries are arranged in alphabetical order by the last name of the author, editor, or other individual or entity.Names are formatted as Last, Initials.reference list entry: Sawin, JL. 2004. Mainstreaming renewable energy in the 21st century. Washington, DC. Worldwatch Institute. 76 p.
General format: Author/editor. Year. Title. Edition. Place of publication: publisher. #pages.
Example: Sorensen, B. 2004. Renewable energy : its physics, engineering, use, environmental impacts, economy, and planning aspects. 3rd ed. Boston : Elsevier Academic Press. 928 p.
Chapter or other part of a book
General format: Author of selection. Year. Title of selection. In: Author/editor of book. Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: publisher. Pages of selection.
Example: Singleton P, Sainsbury D. 2001. Dictionary of microbiology and molecular biology. 3rd ed. New York: J Wiley. Plasmid; p 593-4.
General format: Editor. Year. Title of publication or conference. Name of conference; dates of conference; place of conference. Place of publication: publisher. Total number of pages.
Example: Dubois DM, editor. 2004. Computing anticipatory systems. CASYS 2003 – Sixth International Conference; 2003 August 11-16; Liege, Belgium. Melville, NY: American Institute of Physics. 602 p.
General format: Author of the paper. Date of publication. Title of the paper. Connective phrase [In]: editor of the proceedings. Title of the publication, or name of conference, or both; dates of the conference; place of the conference. Place of publication: publisher. Paper pages.
Example: Rossler OE. 2004. Nonlinear dynamics, artificial cognition and galactic export. In: Dubois DM, editor. Computing anticipatory systems. CASYS 2003 – Sixth International Conference; 2003 August 11-16; Liege, Belgium. Melville, NY: American Institute of Physics. p 47-67.
Online journal article
General format: Author. Year (or Date). Title of article. Title of journal. Volume and issue number. Page numbers. URL in angle brackets. Date accessed.
Example: Cavalcanti A. 2003. Assembly automation with evolutionary nanorobots and sensor-based control applied to nanomedicine. 2(2). IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology. 82 – 87. Available from: IEEE Xplore http://ieeexplore.ieee.org.ezproxy.bu.edu/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=1204819 Accessed 2012 April 5
Journal Articles (Print format)
General format: Author. Year (or Date). Title of article. Title of journal volume number (issue number): page numbers.
Example: Bisagni C, Mirandola, C. 2005. Experimental and numerical investigation of crash behavior of composite helicopter cruciform elements. Journal of the American Helicopter Society 50(1): 107-116.
General format: Author. Title [medium]. Place of Publication: Publisher; Date of Publication [Date of update/Date of citation]. Availability.
Example: Animal Welfare Information Center [Internet]. Beltsville (MD): National Agricultural Library (US); [updated 2005 April 14; cited 2005 April 15]. Available from: http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/.
More Information and other CSE guides
- Council of Science Editors – Publications: Scientific Style and Format
- Colorado State University Writing Center- CBE Style- Citation/Sequence System
- Colorado State University Writing Center- CBE Style-Name/Year System
- Ohio State University Libraries- CBE Citation Guide
- University of Wisconsin- Madison – The Writing Center- CBE Documentation