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Information Literacy: CSE

Council of Science Editors (CSE) Quick Guide

"Scientific Style and Format presents three systems for referring to references (also known as citations) within the text of a journal article, book, or other scientific publication: 1) citation–sequence; 2) name–year; and 3) citation–name. These abbreviated references are called in-text references. They refer to a list of references at the end of the document.

The system of in-text references that you use will determine the order of references at the end of your document. These end references have essentially the same format in all three systems, except for the placement of the date of publication in the name–year system.

Though Scientific Style and Format now uses citation–sequence for its own references, each system is widely used in scientific publishing."

Consult with your mentor to determine which system you will need to follow.

CSE Research Paper Template

Use this as a template to format your SEWS paper. Shows:

  • Title page
  • Headings
  • In-text citations
  • References

The Manual

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The Library has two copies of the CSE Manual for reference use.