Biology: Writing in Biology


Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences

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Molecular Biology of the Cell

Create Your Citations

Format your citations as follows (CSE Name-Year method):

Author AA, Author BB, Author CC. Year. Article title: only capitalize the first word and proper nouns. Journal Title. VolumeNumber(IssueNumber):Page-Page.


  • List up to 10 authors. If an article has more than 10, add et al. after the 10th person.
  • Some journals do not have issue numbers. If there isn't one, do not list it in the citation.

Linked below are the first page of an example article, so you can see where you'll look to find the pieces of the citation, and a worksheet to help you format citations using those pieces.

CSE Style Resources

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