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) The staff dreams are made of. Nature 435, 242–243
A journal article with 2 authors
Holme, R. and de Viron, O. (2013) Characterization and implications of intradecadal variations in length of day. Nature 499, 202–204
A journal article with 3 authors
Robinson, G. E., Fernald, R. D., and Clayton, D. F. (2008) Genes and social behavior. Science 322, 896–900
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Fröhlich, A., Kisielow, J., Schmitz, I., Freigang, S., Shamshiev, A. T., Weber, J., Marsland, B. J., Oxenius, A., and Kopf, M. (2009) IL-21R on T cells is critical for sustained functionality and control of chronic viral infection. Science 324, 1576–1580

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bajpai, P. (2010) Environmentally Friendly Production of Pulp and Paper. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Metcalfe, G. (2009) Proof Theory for Fuzzy Logics. (Olivetti, N. and Gabbay, D., eds) vol. 36, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Hamby, S. and Grych, J. (2013) A Developmental Perspective on Interconnection. In The Web of Violence: Exploring Connections Among Different Forms of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse (Grych, J., ed) pp. 51–66, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht

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
Andrew, E. (2015) Watch A Baby Chameleon Hatch From Its Egg And Take Its First Steps. 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. (2010) Joint Strike Fighter: Significant Challenges Remain as DOD Restructures Program.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Butler, B. K. (2013) Error Floors of LDPC Codes and Related Topics. University of California San Diego, La Jolla, 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
Greenhouse, L. (2007) Supreme Court to Address State Tax Breaks for Bonds. New York Times, May 22, 2007, p. C3

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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