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Sciences - Citations Resources and Guidelines  

This was adapted from Miami University - Oxford Ohio Citation guide.
Last Updated: Jan 24, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Science Citation Styles

In the sciences, there are fewer standard styles.  Often different publishers will have different styles and there may not be one standard for each discipline.

Journal Abbreviations

Some citation styles require you to use the journal abbreviation instead of the full title.  Use these websites to help you find the abbreviations.

  • NCBI Journals
    Good resource that will give you the abbreviation for all journals in MEDLINE, a medical database.
  • CAplus Core Journal Coverage List
    This is a long list of journals that are currently indexed in the biggest chemistry database. Try using CTRL+F to search through the long list.


There isn't one standard system for biology. At Earlham we currently use the following document:

Using Scientific Literature in Earlham Biology Courses (See Biocite PDF link below)

(Note. Faculty members may decide to deviate from the format above so ask your professor)

The National Library of Medicine provides a free e-book describing a standard style for health sciences.



Chemistry has its own citation style.  It is the ACS citation style.

Check out these links that summarize what is in the ACS

Computer Science & Engineering

Math & Statistics

The American Mathematical Society suggests the use of a document preparation system called LaTeX.  If you use LaTeX you can download different author packages that will help you format your document for different book series or journals.


Physics does not have a current standard style.  You can use the AIP Style Manual, 4th edition, but it is not current.  To double check, you might want to check with an individual journal.

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