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. Victor, D. G. 2015. Climate change: Embed the social sciences in climate policy. Nature. 520: 27–29.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Burke, A., and L. F. Robinson. 2012. The Southern Ocean’s role in carbon exchange during the last deglaciation. Science. 335: 557–561.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Chang, M.-M., J. Zhang, and D. Miao. 2006. A lamprey from the Cretaceous Jehol biota of China. Nature. 441: 972–974.
A journal article with 51 or more authors
1. Boustany, A. M., S. F. Davis, P. Pyle, S. D. Anderson, B. J. Le Boeuf, and B. A. Block. 2002. Expanded niche for white sharks. Nature. 415: 35–36.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Young, M. R. 2013. Financial Fraud Prevention and Detection. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
1. Yamamoto, S. (ed.). 2013. Human Interface and the Management of Information. Information and Interaction for Health, Safety, Mobility and Complex Environments: 15th International Conference, HCI International 2013, Las Vegas, NV, USA, July 21-26, 2013, Proceedings, Part II. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Parker, J., G. Lyzenga, C. Norton, C. Zuffada, M. Glasscoe, J. Lou, and A. Donnellan. 2008. In Earthquakes: Simulations, Sources and Tsunamis (Tiampo, K. F., Weatherley, D. K., and Weinstein, S. A., eds.). pp. 497–521. , Birkhäuser, Basel.

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. Carpineti, A. 2016. Pair Of Infant Planets Spotted Forming Around A Young Star. 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. 2003. Commercial Aviation: Issues Regarding Federal Assistance for Enhancing Air Service to Small Communities. 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. Johnson, A. C. 2012. The lived experience of the adult African American female who has lived in multiple foster care placements.

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. St. John Kelly, E. 1999. F.Y.I. New York Times. 142.

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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