Code4Lib Style Guide

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A Note About This Guide

This is a brief style guide for authors. For information about styles and conventions used in marking up articles for WordPress, see: Code4Lib Journal WordPress Input Guidelines.

Start of Article

Article titles are in Title Case -- all major words capitalized. The title is followed by an abstract, which will be pulled from the excerpt section lower on the post page, and byline of the form "by Author" or "by Author 1, Author 2, and Author 3".


Major section headings are in "Title Case" -- all words capitalized, short words (the, a, in, up, over, about) should not be. Subheadings are in "Sentence case" -- only the first word is capitalized.

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Recommended Reference Style Discussion:

Council of Science Editors (CSE) citation format has been voted in as the official recommended style (see: Citation_discussion)

Endnote & Endnote References

A Bibliography and Notes section (if needed) immediately follows the last of the article's narrative text. References are indicated by author and year (Smith, 2007). Notes are indicated in the text by note number in square brackets [1]. More details can be found in the Input Guidelines for Endnotes.

CSE reference style is the Journal's recommended style for bibliographies. An author may choose to use a different bibliographic reference style, but should follow that style accurately and consistently.

Authors can refer to this guide for using the CSE Reference Style

Where notes refer to articles, books, etc., that are not available by direct link, insert a COINS element after the note.

About the Author

A sentence or two of brief biography, provided by the author(s), appears listed after the Notes.


If there are appendices, they appear after the author biography.