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. Reynolds, A. M. 2014. Mussels realize Weierstrassian Lévy walks as composite correlated random walks. Sci. Rep. 4: 4409.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Mackinnon, M. J., and K. Marsh. 2010. The selection landscape of malaria parasites. Science. 328: 866–871.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Muheim, R., J. B. Phillips, and S. Akesson. 2006. Polarized light cues underlie compass calibration in migratory songbirds. Science. 313: 837–839.
A journal article with 51 or more authors
1. Qi, J., T. Asano, M. Jinno, K. Matsui, K. Atsumi, Y. Sakagami, and M. Ojika. 2005. Characterization of a Phytophthora mating hormone. Science. 309: 1828.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Durbin, P. A., and B. A. P. Reif. 2010. Statistical Theory and Modeling for Turbulent Flows. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
1. Heckel, R., and S. Milius (eds.). 2013. Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science: 5th International Conference, CALCO 2013, Warsaw, Poland, September 3-6, 2013. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Rossini, A., J. de Lara, E. Guerra, A. Rutle, and Y. Lamo. 2012. In Applications of Graph Transformations with Industrial Relevance: 4th International Symposium, AGTIVE 2011, Budapest, Hungary, October 4-7, 2011, Revised Selected and Invited Papers Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Schürr, A., Varró, D., and Varró, G., eds.). pp. 19–34. , 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. Hamilton, K. 2016. Can You Solve This Math Problem That Went Viral In Japan? 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. 2007. Business Systems Modernization: Internal Revenue Service’s Fiscal Year 2007 Expenditure Plan. 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. Jackson, L. I. 2017. Empowering African American Youth Who Live in Foster Care: A Grant Proposal.

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. Wasik, J. F. 2016. Once a Thing of the Past, the House Call Makes a Modest Comeback. New York Times. B4.

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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