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CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style Guide: F. Personal Communcations

Brief Guides to CSE Style

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

Personal Communications

The general format and example below refers to personal communications.

Do not include references to personal communications (e.g., letters, phone calls, conversations, text messages, emails, and interviews) in your reference list. Instead, CSE recommends placing them within the body of the paper and acknowledging them in a "Notes" section.

General Format

In-Text Citation:
(date type of communication)


In-Text Citation:
...although this is not an easy thing to do (2008 letter from S Neifer to me), it is well worth the effort.

Online CSE Guides

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