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CSE (Council of Science Editors) Citation Style

The Council of Science Editors (CSE) allows authors three systems of documentation. In all three systems, a reference list at the end of the paper provides all the information a reader needs to track down  sources. 
In-text references in sentences show a reader which sources support the claims and information of that sentence.

This guide contains step-by-step instructions for properly applying CSE style.

Content adapted from University of Wisconsin Writers' Handbook, CC BY SA


The Council of Science Editors (CSE) style is designed for the general sciences including biology. You need to cite your sources in two places within your paper: in-text and bibliography

There are three types of in-text citation options for the CSE:
❖ Name-Year,

In-text references consist of paraphrased descriptions of research done by others. In the Name-Year style, parentheses are placed around the author's surname and year of publication. 

Quotes are rarely used in scientific publications.