How to format your references using the The FASEB Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The FASEB Journal (FASEB). 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
Powell, K. (2005) Counting the cost. Nature 434, 1048–1049
A journal article with 2 authors
Zid, B. M. and O’Shea, E. K. (2014) Promoter sequences direct cytoplasmic localization and translation of mRNAs during starvation in yeast. Nature 514, 117–121
A journal article with 3 authors
Buhr, E. D., Yoo, S.-H., and Takahashi, J. S. (2010) Temperature as a universal resetting cue for mammalian circadian oscillators. Science 330, 379–385
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Uchic, M. D., Dimiduk, D. M., Florando, J. N., and Nix, W. D. (2004) Sample dimensions influence strength and crystal plasticity. Science 305, 986–989

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fencott, C., Lockyer, M., Clay, J., and Massey, P. (2012) Game Invaders. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
He, B., ed. (2013) Neural Engineering. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Gur, Y., Pasternak, O., and Sochen, N. (2012) SPD Tensors Regularization via Iwasawa Decomposition. In Mathematical Methods for Signal and Image Analysis and Representation (Florack, L., Duits, R., Jongbloed, G., Lieshout, M.-C. van, and Davies, L., eds) pp. 83–100, Springer, London

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 The FASEB Journal.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2016) Astronomers Know What Makes “Heartbeat Stars” Flutter. IFLScience


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. (1976) Economies Available Through Consolidating or Collocating Government Land-Based, High Frequency Communications Facilities.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Stanford, V. (2016) Finding theatre from within: Augusto Boal’s Games for Non-Actors in an Introduction to Acting class. California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

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
Crow, K. (2001) You Let Your Hair Down, and This Barkeep Cuts It. New York Times, April 8, 2001, p. 144

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 (14).

About the journal

Full journal titleThe FASEB Journal
AbbreviationFASEB J.
ISSN (print)0892-6638
ISSN (online)1530-6860
Molecular Biology

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