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CSE Name Year System/Sequence Style Guide

What is CSE?

CSE stands for Council of Science Editors. It indicates a specific style to be used when citing information and organizing a research paper. 

Scientific Style and Format is the most recognized, authoritative reference for authors, editors, publishers, students, and translators in all areas of science and related fields.

There are three documentation systems for CSE style:

  • Citation-sequence system

  • Citation-name system

  • Name-year system (N-Y) System

 In this guide you will find information on how to cite in Name-year (N-Y) system/sequence style.

Why do I need to use CSE?

Proper CSE Style documentation may seem like a daunting task and confusing for first time users. However, there are excellent reasons why the use of CSE is necessary:

  • Avoids plagiarism;

  • Shows academic honesty and courtesy for the work of others;

  • Allows the reader to learn more about the topic;

  • Builds credibility to your work as you are citing experts to fuel your arguments;

  • Allows other to conduct further research based on your work;

Whether you choose to use a direct quotation or merely paraphrase someone else's idea, you must cite any work that did not come from you.  This includes but is not limited to text, images, computer code and charts.

Remember when in doubt, cite it!

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CSE Manuals available at UCL