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CSE Scientific Style

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For full information on the Council of Science Editors (CSE) style, see Council of Science Editors. 2006. Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 7th ed. Reston (VA): Council of Science Editors. The call number is REF 808.066 S4169c for the reference copy, and 808.066 S4169c for the circulating copy.

CSE style allows multiple ways of documenting sources but recommends the name-year system.

In-text reference:

The NIH has called for a change in smallpox vaccination policy (Fauci 2002) that . . .

End reference:

Fauci AS. 2002. Smallpox vaccination policy—the need for dialogue. N Engl J Med. 346(17):1319-1320.


Reference List

Alphabetize references by first authors’ surnames. For details see Chapter 29 of the CSE style manual. Here are examples of references in CSE style:


Journal article

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



Ferrozzi F, Garlaschi G, Bova D. 2000. CT of metastases. New York (NY): Springer.


Chapter in a book

Shakelford RT. Surgery of the alimentary tract. Philadelphia (PA): W.B. Saunders. Chapter 2, Esophagoscopy; p. 29-40.


Entry in an encyclopedia or other reference book

Hazeltine WA. 1990. AIDS. In: The encyclopedia Americana. Danbury (CT): Grolier Incorporated. p. 365-366.



APSnet: plant pathology online [Internet]. c1994-2005. St Paul (MN): American Phytopathological Association; [cited 2005 Jun 20]. Available from:


Journal article on the internet

Savage E. 2005. Mumps outbreaks across England. BMJ [Internet]. [cited 2005 May 31]; 330(7500):1119-1120. Available from: doi:10.1136/bmj.330.1119.

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