How to format your references using the Prostaglandins and Other Lipid Mediators citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Prostaglandins and Other Lipid Mediators. 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
J.P. Lemmon, Energy: Reimagine fuel cells, Nature. 525 (2015) 447–449.
A journal article with 2 authors
O. Custance, S. Morita, Materials science. How to move an atom, Science. 319 (2008) 1051–1052.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.A. Baldo, M.E. Thompson, S.R. Forrest, High-efficiency fluorescent organic light-emitting devices using a phosphorescent sensitizer, Nature. 403 (2000) 750–753.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C. Miller, L.E. Thomsen, C. Gaggero, R. Mosseri, H. Ingmer, S.N. Cohen, SOS response induction by beta-lactams and bacterial defense against antibiotic lethality, Science. 305 (2004) 1629–1631.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
E. Lafontaine, M. Comet, Nanothermites, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
A. Picot, The Internationalization of German Software-based Companies: Sustainable Growth Strategies for Small and Medium-sized Companies, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
P. Bürgisser, F. Cucker, Condition Numbers and Iterative Algorithms, in: F. Cucker (Ed.), Condition: The Geometry of Numerical Algorithms, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 101–117.

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 Prostaglandins and Other Lipid Mediators.

Blog post
E. Andrew, How Dogs Find Their Way Home (Without A GPS), IFLScience. (2016).


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, NASA: Changes to the Scope, Schedule, and Estimated Cost of the Earth Observing System, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B.R. Joubert, Human genetic susceptibility to mother to child transmission of HIV: A study of mother-infant pairs in Malawi, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 2009.

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
D. Martin, Phil Chess, Whose Label Elevated Unknown Blues Singers, Dies at 95, New York Times. (2016) A25.

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 titleProstaglandins and Other Lipid Mediators
AbbreviationProstaglandins Other Lipid Mediat.
ISSN (print)1098-8823
Cell Biology

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