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
Smaglik, P. (2005) Cultivating black gold. Nature 433, 779
A journal article with 2 authors
Thompson, W. G. and Goldstein, S. L. (2005) Open-system coral ages reveal persistent suborbital sea-level cycles. Science 308, 401–404
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, X., Schuler, M. A., and Berenbaum, M. R. (2002) Jasmonate and salicylate induce expression of herbivore cytochrome P450 genes. Nature 419, 712–715
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Flick, K., Scholander, C., Chen, Q., Fernandez, V., Pouvelle, B., Gysin, J., and Wahlgren, M. (2001) Role of nonimmune IgG bound to PfEMP1 in placental malaria. Science 293, 2098–2100

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kossiakoff, A. and Sweet, W. N. (2005) Systems Engineering Principles and Practice. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Shamir, A. and Korat, O., eds. (2013) Technology as a Support for Literacy Achievements for Children at Risk. vol. 7, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Hoffstein, J., Pipher, J., and Silverman, J. H. (2014) Digital Signatures. In An Introduction to Mathematical Cryptography (Pipher, J. and Silverman, J. H., eds) pp. 193–205, Springer, New York, NY

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, D. (2016) These Bizarre Creatures Defy What We Think We Know About Plants And Animals. 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. (1992) Maritime Administration: Stronger Management Controls Needed Over Vessels in Title XI Custody.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Pahuja, S. (2013) Bandwidth feedback effects on retained movements in young and old adults. 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
Stewart, J. B. (2017) Profit or Loss. New York Times, April 24, 2017, p. BR11

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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