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
Wilson, W. D. (2002) Tech.Sight. Analyzing biomolecular interactions. Science 295, 2103–2105
A journal article with 2 authors
Simon, J. and Greiner, M. (2012) Condensed-matter physics: a duo of graphene mimics. Nature 483, 282–284
A journal article with 3 authors
Mooney, H., Cropper, A., and Reid, W. (2005) Confronting the human dilemma. Nature 434, 561–562
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tang, H., Bowers, J. E., Wang, X., Ming, R., Alam, M., and Paterson, A. H. (2008) Synteny and collinearity in plant genomes. Science 320, 486–488

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Carrasco, R. A. and Johnston, M. (2008) Non-Binary Error Control Coding for Wireless Communication and Data Storage. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Klemm, D., ed. (2006) Polysaccharides II. vol. 205, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Ghanbari, S., Woods, J. C., and Lucas, S. M. (2009) Multi-dimensional BPTs for Content Retrieval. In Recent Advances in Multimedia Signal Processing and Communications (Grgic, M., Delac, K., and Ghanbari, M., eds) pp. 73–90, 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 The FASEB Journal.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015) Hug Hormone Oxytocin Boosts Bonding By Releasing Cannabis-Like Molecules. 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. (1996) Scientific Research: Continued Vigilance Critical to Protecting Human Subjects.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Potter, R. H. (2009) Diffusion of oxygen and lithium isotopes at a contact between the Bushveld Complex and metasedimentary rock: Implications for the timescale of Phepane Dome diapirism. University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD

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
Kanter, J. and Castle, S. (2016) ‘Brexit,’ Migration, Trade: The E.U.’s List of Crises Keeps Growing. New York Times, October 20, 2016, p. A6

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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