What is CSE Style?
Each discipline uses a different citation style. In Biology, the most commonly used style is CSE. For this class, you will use the citation-sequence format of CSE. In this format, citations are listed at the end of the paper, in the order in which they appear in the text.
Need help? Watch this tutorial on how to cite in CSE.
CSE Manual at CSUSM Library
The most current version (eighth edition) of Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers was published in 2014.
Library copy (T11 .S386 2014)
The CSUSM Library owns a copy of the official CSE manual that you can consult in person.
CSUSM Quick Guide to CSE Style
A concise CSE style guide with examples, based directly on the manual.
CSE uses journal title abbreviations:
- To find the abbreviation, go to: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/journals
- Search for your journal title by name
- Click on the record for your journal and copy/paste the ISO 4 abbreviation
A couple of examples:
Author AA, Author BB. Article title. Journal Abbrev. Year;volume(issues):pages. URL (if any). doi (if any).
Author AA. Article title. Newspaper Title. Year Mo Date. URL.
Author AA, Author BB. Title of homepage/website. Place of publication: Publisher; Date of publication [dated updated; date accessed]. URL.
Not sure how to write your citations?
Get started with this flow chart created by CSUSM librarians.
These non-CSUSM resources may provide you with additional help and examples.
- Scientific Style and Format Citation Quick Guide (Univ of Chicago Press)
- Council of Science Editors Documentation Style (The Writing Center @ the University of Wisconsin - Madison)
- Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (Northwest Missouri State University B.D. Owens Library)