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CSE Citation-Sequence Citation Guide, for Maria Kelly's Classes: Scientific Journals


Formatting for Scientific Journals 

In CSE, the names of Scientific Journals are abbreviated according to standard rules. To look up a specific journal and determine the standard abbreviation, visit these sites:

CAS Source Index

Journal Title Abbreviations from Caltech Library

General Information

There are three ways of finding a journal article:

  in an electronic database, such as ProQuest, Academic Search Premier or Ethnic NewsWatch

  on a journal's website

  print copy of the publication

Citation information includes:

Author, publication date, article title and journal title. 

If an article is from an online source, either from a website or database, include the word "Internet" in brackets [ ] after the name of the journal. Also include the date the article is accessed and end the citation with "Available from . . ." followed by the name of the database or the URL of the website.

Journal titles should be abbreviated.  Click here to use LocatorPlus from the National Library of Medicine to find the correct abbreviation.

Journal article found online


Citation number. Author(s) of article. Title of article. Abbreviated title of journal (edition) [Internet]. Date of publication [date updated; date of access];volume(issue):web address.


Article from a library database



1. Hernandez-Deckers D, von Storch J. Impact of the warming pattern on global energetics. J Clim [Internet]. 2012 [cited 2012 Oct 24];25(15):5223-5240. Available from:

 Article from a journal's website

2. Stueve KM, Perry CH, Nelson MD, Healey SP, Hill AD, Moisen GG, Cohen WB, Gormanson DD, Huang C. Ecological importance of intermediate windstorms rival large, infrequent disturbances in the Northern Great Lakes. Ecosphere [Internet]. 2011 [cited 2011 Feb 12]; 2(1):2-4. Available from:

3. Penman B, Gupta S. Evolution of virulence in malaria. J Biol [Internet]. 2008 [cited 2008 Nov 4]; 7(22). Available from:

Journal article in print

If you are using an article that you found in the hard copy of the journal (which means you are holding the complete journal in your hand), leave off any information that refers to the internet. 


Reznick DN, Ricklefs RE. Darwin's bridge between microevolution and macroevolution. Nature. 2009;457(7231):837-842.