Selections from Books
Citing Periodicals in CSE Style
Remember that entries in the reference list are listed alphabetically
by author. This page deals with printed periodicals
only; there is another page for online periodical
databases and articles on the Internet.
When citing periodicals, you cite the individual articles rather
than an entire issue of the periodical. This page covers articles
in magazines, (scholarly) journals, and newspapers.
There are three sections to this page: a
detailed chart on formatting references, citation
examples, and general reference forms.
The components of a reference
for articles from periodicals, listed in the proper order:
Format author name(s)
as follows: last name, followed by the first and middle
initials. There is no comma following the last name,
and no periods or spaces separate the initials, as in
"Last FM." [Example]
For two to 10 authors, list the authors
as above, separating names by a comma and a space.
If there are more than 10 authors,
list the first ten, followed by "and others."
If the article is anonymous, write
"[Anonymous]" in place of the author.
If the author is an organization,
give the organization's name here. If the organization
has an abbreviation, put the abbreviation in brackets
before its name, e.g. "[CBE] Council of Biology Editors."
- For a journal article, give
only the four digit year. [Example]
- For a newspaper article, give the year, followed
by the month (abbreviated by the first three letters only
and with no period) and day, e.g. "2000 Jul 11."
- For a magazine article,
- If the magazine has a date, format the date
as you would for a newspaper article. [Example]
- If the magazine is monthly, simply omit the
- If the date is a season, give the full season
name, not abbreviated.
- If the date includes a span of months or seasons,
separate them by an en-dash
() or a hyphen if the en-dash isn't available. No
spaces precede or follow the dash.
- If the magazine has volume and issue numbers (like
a journal), you may cite it like a journal.
- The title of the article is written
in plain text. Only the first word and proper nouns
and adjectives are capitalized. There are only a
few exceptions. [Example]
- If there is a secondary title or subtitle, it can
be included after the main title. Separate the two
with a colon and space afterward. [Example]
- If the article is an editorial, write "[editorial]"
after the title but before the ending period. [Example]
- If the article is a letter to the editor, write
"[letter]" after the title but before the ending
Newspaper, or Journal Title
- Include the title of
the periodical in plain text. All words in the title
are capitalized. [Example]
- Abbreviate most JOURNAL titles:
- For magazines and newspapers, if the place of publication
is needed to distinguish the periodical from another, you
may give the place in parentheses following the title, but
before the end punctuation.
a single space only
Magazine: colon (:)
Newspaper: semicolon (;)
Issue, and/or Section
- If the article is from a scholarly
journal paged consecutively throughout a volume, give
the volume number (using digits). [Example]
- If the article is in a supplement, write "Suppl"
following the volume number. [Example]
- If the article is from a scholarly journal paged separately
by issue, give the volume number, followed by the issue
number in parentheses. There are no spaces before,
after, or within the parentheses. [Example]
- If the article is in a supplement, write "Suppl"
following the issue number. [Example]
- If the article is from a newspaper, write "Sect"
followed by the section letter or number here. [Example]
- Include the page numbers of the article.
- If the article appears on consecutive pages, separate
the first and last page numbers with an en-dash
() or a hyphen if the en-dash isn't available. Do not
write "pages," "pp," etc. [Example]
- You only need to give the least number of necessary digits,
e.g. 205-7, 205-12, or 295-303. However, the library
recommends that you give the full page numbers for clarity.
"205-207" is much clearer than "205-7"
and doesn't use much more space. [Example]
- If the article appears on nonconsecutive pages (starts
on one and jumps to another), list all the page ranges,
separating them with a comma and a space. [Example]
- If there are letters as part of the page numbers of
journal articles, retain them. [Example]
- If the article is from a newspaper, give the column
number directly following the page number in parentheses,
e.g. "1(col 5)." [Example]
Read the note on punctuation and spacing.
Citation Examples (from
Scientific Style and Format)
[Anonymous]. 1990 Aug 24. Gene data may help fight colon cancer. Los Angeles Times;
[Unsigned newspaper article]
[Anonymous]. 1976. Epidemiology for primary health care. Int J Epidemiol 5:224-5, 226-8.
[Anonymous journal article]
Crews D, Gartska WR. 1981. The ecological physiology of the garter snake. Sci Am
[Journal article on discontinuous pages]
Eifel EL. 1976. Stereochemisty since LeBel and van't Hoff: part II. Chemistry 49(3):
[Article in journal paginated by issue]
Gardos G, Cole JO, Haskell D, Marby D, Paine SS, Moore P. 1988. The natural history
of tardive dyskinesia. J Clin Psychopharmacol 8(4 Suppl):31S-37S.
[Article in journal issue supplement]
Lu C. 1993 Sep. A small revelation: Newton has arrived at long last. Macworld:102-6.
Magni F, and others. 1988. BN-52021 protects guinea-pig from heart anaphylaxis. Pharm
Res Commun 20 Suppl 5:75-8.
[Article in supplement to volume]
Rensberger B, Specter B. 1989 Aug 7. CFCs may be destroyed by natural process.
Washington Post;Sect A:2 (col 5).
[Signed newspaper article]
[SSCCCP] Scandanavian Society for Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Physiology, Committee
of Enzymes. 1976. Recommended method for the determination of γ-glutamyltransferase
in blood. Scand J Clin Lab Invest 36:119-25.
[Journal article with organizational author]
Smith KY. 1991. New dangers in our field [editorial]. Am J Nucl Eng 12:15-6.
Steiner U, Klein J, Eiser E, Budkowski A, Fetters LJ. 1992. Complete wetting from
polymer mixtures. Science 258:1122-9.
You CH, Lee KY, Chey RY, Menguy R. 1980. Electrogastrophic study of patients with
unexplained nausea, bloating, and vomiting. Gastroentology 79:311-4.
Author. Year. Article title. Journal title volume#(issue#):pages.
Author. Date. Article title. Newspaper title;section:pages(column#).
Author. Date. Article title. Magazine title:pages.