Writing@CSU Guide

Citation Guide: Council of Science Editors (Name/Year System)

The Council of Science Editors scientific style of documentation is used in the biological sciences and many other fields of scientific study as well. Like the Chicago Manual of Style, it offers three approaches for documenting sources: 1) a citation/sequence system, 2) a name/year system, and 3) a citation/name system. This guide explains the Citation/Sequence system.

Inserted at the point of reference, an in-text parenthetical citation containing the author's name and the date of publication interacts with the end documentation by pointing to a specific entry in the References List.

This guide is based on Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (7th ed.), a publication of the Council of Science Editors. The standards of documentation they present follow those found in National Library of Medicine Recommended Formats for Bibliographic Citation (NLM 1991).

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