Here are some examples of common citation formats in CSE Style (Council of Science Editors, formally called the CBE Council of Biology Editors). For complete citation information, see Scientific Style and Format: the CSE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers.
Note: the CSE style describes three options for references; use the style which is commonly used in your discipline:
- Citation-Sequence (C-S) system which uses numbers within the text to refer to the end references which are listed in the order they are referred to in the text. Subsequent citations to the same document use the same number as its initial citation:
In text example: Modern scientific nomenclature really began with Linnaeus in botany1, but other disciplines 2,3 were not many years behind in developing various systems 4-7 for nomenclature and symbolization
- Citation-Name (C-N) system which uses numbers within the text to refer to the end references which are listed alphabetically by author and then by title.:
In text example: Modern scientific nomenclature really began with Linnaeus in botany 4, but other discipline 1,5 were not many years behind in developing various systems 2-3,6,10 for nomenclature and symbolization
- Name-Year (N-Y) system which uses the surname of the author and the year of publication to refer to the end references which are then listed alphabetically by author and then by year:
In text example: By contrast, the several antisera that have been raised against Sp1, a defined RNA polymerase II transcription factor (Kadonaga 1986), stain exclusively the nucleus . . .