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CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style Guide: B. Two-Ten Authors

Brief Guides to CSE Style

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

Two-Ten Authors

The general format and example below refers to a journal article with two-ten authors.

Note that online journal articles have their own format.

For an article with ten or fewer authors, list them all, including the tenth author.

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 for Two Authors:
(Author and Author date)

In-Text Citation for Three or More Authors:
(Author et al. date)

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


In-Text Citation for Two Authors:
(Snaphaan L and van der Werf S 2009)

In-Text Citation for Three or More Authors:
(Snaphaan et al. 2009)
Reference List:

Snaphaan L, van der Werf S, Kanselaar K, de Leeuw F. 2009. Post-stroke depressive symptoms are associated with post-stroke characteristics. Cerebrovasc Dis. 28(6): 551-557.

Online CSE Guides

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