The Council of Science Editors scientific style of documentation is used primarily in the physical sciences, life sciences, and mathematics. CSE offers three systems for documenting sources: 1) a Citation-Sequence system, 2) a Citation- Name system and 3) a name-year system. This guide is meant to explain all three. The Citation-Sequence and Citation Name system share similarities. The Name - Year system is very similar to the Author-Date system used by the APA.
This guide is based on Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (8th ed.) 2014, a publication of the Council of Science Editors.
For more information, you can find a copy of the CSE Guide contact your library.
The general page formatting for a paper using Council of Science Editors (CSE) is outlined below. Please know these may or may not be the requirements of your professors/instructor, so it is best to consult the assignment as well.
Citing: The process of acknowledging the sources of your information and ideas.
In-Text Citation: A brief note at the point where information is used from a source to indicate where the information came from. An in-text citation should always match more detailed information that is available in the Reference List.
Paraphrasing: Taking information that you have read and putting it into your own words.
Plagiarism: Taking, using, and passing off as your own, the ideas or words of another.
Quoting: The copying of words of text originally published elsewhere. Direct quotations generally appear in quotation marks and end with a citation.
Reference: Details about one cited source.
Reference List: Contains details on ALL the sources cited in a text or essay, and supports your research and/or premise.
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