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Master of Science: CSE Style

CSE Style Manual

Helpful CSE Style Links

General Guidance

Citations can vary greatly depending on how much information you have available and whether you are using an online or print resource.  

Your CSE citations are going to vary depending on whether you are using "Name-Year" or "Citation Sequence" versions of the style.

For more information on this, see the CSE tutorial from the University of North Carolina here.

This guide will focus on the "Citation Sequence" version of CSE style.

Council of Science Editors (CSE) style is used in life sciences; however, if you intend to publish a paper, you should always check with the journal you wish to publish in to make sure that your citations fit within their required standards.  For example, BMC Biology has its own reference style.  When in doubt, default to whatever reference style your professor (for class) or the journal (if you wish to publish) recommends.  Most journals will list their citation style requirements in a section "for authors".

Please refer to the CSE Style Manual, available at the library for detailed instructions on CSE citation style.

In-Text Citations

In CSE Citation-Sequence style, like in AMA style, in-text citations appear in superscripts.


The following is an excerpt from:

Soto D, Altafaj X, Sindreu C, Bayes A. 2014. Glutamate receptor mutations in psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders.
               Communicative & Integrative Biology 7(1):e27887.

This shows in-text CSE citations as superscripts:

Reference List Citation Examples

The following are basic examples of citations in CSE style.  Please consult the CSE Style Manual and "Helpful CSE Style Links" when creating your own citations.

Print Journal Article:

  • Pozzilli P, Marchini F. 2003. Puppet with a voluminous goiter. Journal of Endocrinological Investigation 26(6):595.

Online Journal Article:

  • Ince C, van Kuijen A, Milstein DMJ, Yuruk K, Folkow LP, Fokkens WJ, Blix AS. 2012. Why Rudolph's nose is red: observational study. Bmj 345:e8311.

Print Book:

  • Upledger JE. Cell talk: Talking to Your Cell(f). Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books; 2003.

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