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Science Magazine Citation Guide

Entire Books

Your citation should start with the author. Use initials for the first and middle names, separated by a space. If there are multiple authors, join them with commas; do not use "and."

If the creator of the work is an organization, use that in place of the author's name.

If the creator of the work is an editor, insert "Ed." after their name. If there are multiple editors, insert "Eds."

Italicize the title of the book, and capitalize all important words.

After the title, list the publisher name, edition number, and year in parentheses. If the book is part of a series, indicate this after the title. If there are two versions of the publisher's name, use the shorter of the two.


1. J. B. Carroll, Ed., Language, Thought and Reality, Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1956).

2. J. Sprung, Corals: A Quick Reference Guide (Oceanographic Series, Ricordea, Miami, FL, 1999).

3. National Academy of Sciences, Principles and Procedures for Evaluating the Toxicity of Household Substances (National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, 1977).

Individual Chapters

Follow the guidelines for citing an entire book. Before listing the title of the book, include the chapter you are citing in quotation marks. Capitalize only the first word and proper nouns.

After the publisher information, include the chapter number or the page range of the chapter.


1. M. Lister, "[Chapter title goes here]" in Fundamentals of Operating Systems (Springer, New York, ed. 3, 1984), pp. 7-11.

2. R. Davis, J. King, "[Chapter title goes here]" in Machine Intelligence, E. Acock, D. Michie, Eds. (Wiley, 1976), vol. 8, chap. 3.


List the author as you would when citing a book. Follow it with the word "thesis." Do not include the degree the paper is written for.

Including the title of the thesis is optional. If you choose to use it, place it in quotation marks following the author's name and before "thesis."

Indicate the institution where the thesis was written. If it could be mistaken for another institution, include the city.


1. B. Smith, thesis, Georgetown University (1973).

2. R. White, "[Thesis title goes here]," thesis, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL (1983).