Council of Science Editors

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The Council of Science Editors (CSE) is a United States-based nonprofit organization that supports editorial practice among scientific writers. In 2008, the CSE adopted the slogan "CSE: Education, Ethics, and Evidence for Editors (E4)".

A volunteer Board of Directors leads the Council, with the assistance of several committees. CSE is managed by Kellen Company, located in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

History and organization

The organization was established in 1957 by the National Science Foundation and the American Institute of Biological Sciences as the Council of Biology Editors (CBE),[1] being renamed the Council of Science Editors, with a broader mission, on January 1, 2000.[2][3]

The membership of CSE comprises editorial professionals, mainly in the United States.

As well as providing services and advice online, CSE holds an annual meeting that includes short courses on topics such as journal editorship, publication management, manuscript editing, and journal metrics.

Policies and endorsements

The CSE offers guidance on ethics and practice in scientific publishing.

  • CSE editorial policy statements
    • CSE's White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications
    • CSE Recommendations for Group-Author Articles in Scientific Journals and Bibliometric Databases
    • Who's the Author? Problems with Biomedical Authorship, and Some Possible Solutions
  • Retreat and task force papers
    • Task Force on Science Journals, Poverty, and Human Development
    • Guidance for Journals on Conflict of Interest
    • Authorship Task Force
  • Other statements supported by CSE
    • ICMJE's Statement on Clinical Trial Registration
    • WAME Policy Statement on Geopolitical Intrusion on Editorial Decisions


The CSE publishes a style guide for scientific papers, Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, although CSE style is not as widely used[4] as some other scientific styles such as AMA style and APA style. In 2014, CSE partnered with the University of Chicago Press to use the successful online platform of the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) (which provides users with search and personal annotation of the manual) to publish Scientific Style and Format online. As of 2014, it is in the 8th edition.[5] The 7th edition was published in 2006[6] and the 6th in 1994.[7] Science Editor is the quarterly publication of the CSE; after one year, articles are available as open access (delayed open access).[8]

See also


  1. ^ "CSE Quick Citation Guide". Pennsylvania State University Libraries. Archived from the original on 2012-12-14.
  2. ^ History of the Council of Science Editors, 2013, Council of Science Editors.
  3. ^ "III. Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style". Library website. University of Louisiana at Monroe. Archived from the original on 2006-12-22.
  4. ^ Citation Style Guides, Iowa State University
  5. ^ Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, ISBN 978-0-226-11649-5
  6. ^ Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, ISBN 0-9779665-0-X, 680 pages.
  7. ^ Scientific Style and Format: The CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 6th edition, 1994, ISBN 0-521-47154-0
  8. ^ Science Editor Archive Council of Science Editors

External links

  •, CSE homepage
  •, CSE style homepage
  • Official Twitter page
  • Official Facebook page
  • Official LinkedIn group
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