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CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style Guide: A. Basic Journal Article

Brief Guides to CSE Style

Printable brief guides to CSE style, Name-Year (N-Y). 

Basic Journal Article

The general format and example below refers to a basic journal article in print.

Note that online journal articles have their own format.

For the titles of journals, abbreviate the significant words, and leave out other words such as articles, conjunctions, and prepositions. Leave out subtitles.

For Example:
The Journal of Biocommunication = J Biocommun.
JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association = JAMA
Virology = Virology

For a list of journal title abbreviations, see the List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINE.

General Format

In-Text Citation:
(Author date)

Reference List:
Author AA. Year. Article title. Journal title. Volume (Issue): Page Numbers.

Example

In-Text Citation:
(Board 2001)
 
Reference List:

Board J. 2001. Reduced lodging for soybeans in low plant population is related to light quality. Crop Sci. 41(2): 379-387.

Online CSE Guides

The following web pages demonstrate the use of the Name-Year (N-Y) system.