How to format your references using the Free Radical Biology and Medicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Free Radical Biology and Medicine. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
P.M. Champion, Chemistry. Following the flow of energy in biomolecules, Science. 310 (2005) 980–982.
A journal article with 2 authors
E. Hivon, M. Kamionkowski, Cosmology. A new window to the early universe, Science. 298 (2002) 1349–1350.
A journal article with 3 authors
O. Chaudhuri, S.H. Parekh, D.A. Fletcher, Reversible stress softening of actin networks, Nature. 445 (2007) 295–298.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
F. Chen, H. Hong, S. Shi, S. Goel, H.F. Valdovinos, R. Hernandez, C.P. Theuer, T.E. Barnhart, W. Cai, Engineering of hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles for remarkably enhanced tumor active targeting efficacy, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5080.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
I.G.N. Agung, Cross Section and Experimental Data Analysis Using Eviews, John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd, Singapore, 2011.
An edited book
K.K. Mah, Learning and Teaching Tools for Basic and Clinical Respiratory Physiology, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
A. González-Burgueño, S. Santiago, S. Escobar, C. Meadows, J. Meseguer, Analysis of the PKCS#11 API Using the Maude-NPA Tool, in: L. Chen, S. Matsuo (Eds.), Security Standardisation Research: Second International Conference, SSR 2015, Tokyo, Japan, December 15-16, 2015, Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 86–106.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Free Radical Biology and Medicine.

Blog post
R. Andrews, First “Baby Dragon” Hatches Inside Ancient Slovenian Cave, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 2018).


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office, CROSSTALK and Mirror: What’s New Under the CROSSTALK Standard--Part 1, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
W. Yu, Impacts of storms and sea-level rise on coastal evolution between two capes: Onslow Bay, North Carolina, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 2012.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
J. Kanter, N. Kitsantonis, Tough Act to Follow, New York Times. (2017) B1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleFree Radical Biology and Medicine
AbbreviationFree Radic. Biol. Med.
ISSN (print)0891-5849
Physiology (medical)

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