How to format your references using the Journal of Lipid Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Lipid Research. 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
1. Flower, R. 2002. Drug receptors: a long engagement. Nature. 415: 587.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Chen, M. S., and D. W. Goodman. 2004. The structure of catalytically active gold on titania. Science. 306: 252–255.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Jop, P., Y. Forterre, and O. Pouliquen. 2006. A constitutive law for dense granular flows. Nature. 441: 727–730.
A journal article with 51 or more authors
1. Kim, S., S.-J. Kim, K. M. Kim, S. R. Lee, M. Chang, E. Cho, Y.-B. Kim, C. J. Kim, U.-I. Chung, and I.-K. Yoo. 2013. Physical electro-thermal model of resistive switching in bi-layered resistance-change memory. Sci. Rep. 3: 1680.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Zarbock, G., S. Lynch, A. Ammann, and S. Ringer. 2014. Mindfulness for Therapists. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
1. Bhattacharya, B. S., and F. N. Chowdhury (eds.). 2015. Validating Neuro-Computational Models of Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders. 1st ed. 2015. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Frank, R., J. Münster, J. Schulze, A. Liston, and S. Klimpel. 2014. In Bats (Chiroptera) as Vectors of Diseases and Parasites: Facts and Myths Parasitology Research Monographs (Klimpel, S., and Mehlhorn, H., eds.). pp. 87–130. , Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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 Journal of Lipid Research.

Blog post
1. Fang, J. 2014. Antifreeze in Antarctic Fish Also Causes Ice Crystal Build-Up. IFLScience. [online] (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
1. Government Accountability Office. 1988. Catalog of Human Resource Development Activities, 1988. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Fortenbery, N. R. 2012. Regulation of Natural Killer Cells: SHIP-1, 2B4, and Immunomodulation by Lenalidomide.

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
1. Peters, J. W. 2017. A Conspiracy Theorist, His False Comey Tweet And a Runaway Story. New York Times. A22.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

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 titleJournal of Lipid Research
AbbreviationJ. Lipid Res.
ISSN (print)0022-2275
ISSN (online)1539-7262
Cell Biology

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