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CSE Style Guide: Journal Article

The Council of Science Editors (CSE) style guide is designed for the natural and physical sciences. IRSC students writing in these disciplines can use this guide.

Journal articles

 If a journal has no volume/issue, you must include the entire date as given (month, day, year, or season).

Material Type           In-text Citation              End Reference                                                        
 Online articles    

The medium designator [Internet] and date cited/updated [cited 2011 Mar 1] are required. Place them after the journal title (


 Include the DOI or assession number, if present.

Journal article on the Internet 

(Halford et al.  2011)


Halford NG, Curtis TY, Muttucumaru N, Postles J, Mottram DS. 2011. Sugars in crop plants. Ann Appl Biol. [accessed 2011 Feb 2]; 158(1):1-25. 

(Baniahmad 2011)

Baniahmad A. 2011. The corepressor Alien as a novel tumor suppressor? Horm Mol Biol Clin Invest. [accessed 2011 Mar 13]; 5(1):11-15. 

Journal article from the Internet (freely available) (Quinn et al. 2010)

Quinn CF, Freeman JL, Reynolds RJB, Cappa JJ, Fakra SC, Marcus MA, Lindblom SD, Quinn EK, Bennett LE, Pilon-Smits EAH. 2010. Selenium hyperaccumulation offers protection from cell disruptor herbivores. BMC Ecol. [accessed 2011 Feb 1]; 10(19):1-11.

Journal article from a subscription database Punzoi F, Lindstrom L. 2001. The toxicity of eggs of the giant toad, Bufo marinus to aquatic predators in a Florida retention pond. J Herpetol. [accessed 2020 Apr 2]; 35(4):693-697.  DOI: 10.2307/1565916.

Journal article from print publication 

(Dove et al. 2011) 

Dove CJ, Snow RW, Rochford MR, Mazzoti FJ. 2011. Birds consumed by the invasive Burmese python in Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. Wilson J Ornithol. 123(1):126-131.