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Citation style tips based upon the Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Author, Editors and Publishers, 7th edition, 2006.
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Always refer to the CSE Manual for authorized examples of citations.

Some of the citations in this guide are taken from the CSE Manual; others are created by librarians.


CSE Manual


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Scientific Style and Format - CBE Style Manual Committee; Edward J. Huth
Call Number: ISU Reference Collection - T 11 .S386 1994
ISBN: 0521471540
Publication Date: 1994-11-25


CSE References

The standard citation style guide book for the natural and physical sciences is the Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Author, Editors and Publishers, 7th edition, 2006. The CSE (Council of Science Editors), formerly the CBE (Council of Biology Editors), publishes the manual. We commonly refer to it as "the CSE Manual".

The biology department recommends CSE format for papers written in the biological sciences.

Two types of citations are included in most research papers: citations within the text of the document and a list of reference citations at the end of the paper.

In-Text Citations:

The CSE Manual describes 3 different systems for citing within the text of a document: citation-sequence, name-year, and citation-name. ISU instructors recommend name-year. [Note: The manual favors the citation-name system, so examples in the book usually follow that format.]

Reference Citations:

The sources you use in your work are included as a separate list at the end of the paper, much like APA or MLA style.  The CSE Manual suggests using the title, "End References", for the list.


Scientific Publications

Scientific publications take on many forms, but the basic components of an original research article include:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • References

This guide is provided by the ISU Library and the Writing Center. Always ask your instructor for specific directions pertaining to your assignment.

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This LibGuide is based upon the CSE Style LibGuide created by Marta Kendrick of Indian River State College.


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