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Sciences - Citations Resources and Guidelines: Science Citations

This L.guide was adapted from Miami University - Oxford Ohio Citation guide.

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. Below a Science Citation guide used for Earlham Seminars with a Science focus.

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.

Biology

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

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

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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