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Citing Sources: CSE

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What is it? 

The CSE style originated in the 1960s, when it was known as the Council of Biology Editors (CBE) style. It was intended to provide style and format guidelines for editors of peer-reviewed biology journals. Over the decades, its scope grew to include many fields of scientific research in both the life sciences and physical sciences. In 2000, the organization became known as the Council of Science Editors (CSE). The style then became known as the CSE style. (from Dalhousie Libraries)


QUICK GUIDE  Scientific Style and Format 8th ed.

CSE books

CSE Paper Format

  • Typography is not prescribed in the CSE Manual.
  • The library suggests using 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Use double-spacing throughout the entire paper.
  • Leave 1 in. margins on top, bottom, and sides. 

The basic components of an original research article are introduction, methods, results, and discussion. CSE does not specify a format for the body of a college paper, so ask your instructor for clarification. The following guidelines are suggested:

Cover page

  • Include paper title and your name, and other pertinent information (centered).
  • Omit a header and page number on the cover page.

Body of the paper or report:

  • Add a header after the cover page. The header should contain the title and page number (starting with 2).
  • Double space the entire paper and use 1 inch  margins.
  • If you use sections like "Abstract, Introduction, Discussions", center the section title on the page.
  • Start your "End References" section on a new page.


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