Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 21

CSE refers to the Council of Science Editors, formerly known as the Council of Biology Editors (CBE), a professional group which works with publishers of science journals and monographs. The details of CSE style are available in:

Council of Science Editors, Style Manual Committee. Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 8th ed. Reston (VA): Council of Science Editors in cooperation with the Rockefeller University Press; 2014.

A copy of  an earlier edition of this manual is available at the library [RML Library Reference Copy: REF T11 .S386 2006].

The bibliographic entry above is formatted according to CSE style protocols; you may notice some differences from other with which you are familiar: APA, MLA, and Chicago. CSE does not prescribe any particular typography (e.g., italics), leaving that specification to the publisher. CSE recommends caution in applying such options.

Within CSE, there are three systems of in-text references and corresponding arrangements of the References List:

  • Citation-Sequence -- reference list entries are in the order a work appears in the body of the text and are then numbered in that order; citations use the number of that entry to direct the reader to the full reference. This is similar to ACS style
  • Name-Year --  the reference list is alphabetical by author last name; in-text parenthetical citations give the author name(s) and year of publication. This is much like APA Style. 
  • Citation-Name -- the reference list is alphabetical by name and numbered in that sequence; in-text citations use the number of an entry to direct the reader to the full reference.

Some of the journal databases have automatic citation generators which include an option for CSE style, notably ProQuest. Using a Bibliographic Management System (such as the library's advanced EasyBib subscription or the Zotero program) will make the proper formatting easier.

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