How to Cite in CSE Style (8th Edition)

Learn how to cite sources in CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style.

CSE style offers three different citation systems:

  • In the first two systems, note numbers within the text correspond with a numbered list of references at the end of the paper.
    • In the citation-sequence system, the references are listed and numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper.
    • In the citation-name system, the references are listed and numbered in alphabetical order.
  • In the third system, which is called the name-year system, author-date in-text citations correspond with an unnumbered, alphabetical references list.  

Thus, if you are required to cite in CSE style, you’ll need to determine which of the three systems your instructor prefers. Then, see the Scientific Style and Format Citation Quick Guide for examples of citations for various source types.

Important note: Regardless of whether you are quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing, all uses of source material must be cited.

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