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
Kirby, S. H. (2000) Taking the temperature of slabs. Nature 403, 31, 33–34
A journal article with 2 authors
Walczyk, T. and von Blanckenburg, F. (2002) Natural iron isotope variations in human blood. Science 295, 2065–2066
A journal article with 3 authors
Xue, S., Calvin, K., and Li, H. (2006) RNA recognition and cleavage by a splicing endonuclease. Science 312, 906–910
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Jensen, L. J., Jensen, T. S., de Lichtenberg, U., Brunak, S., and Bork, P. (2006) Co-evolution of transcriptional and post-translational cell-cycle regulation. Nature 443, 594–597

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Birinyi, L. (2013) The Master Trader. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Balsamo, M. S., Knottenbelt, W. J., and Marin, A., eds. (2013) Computer Performance Engineering: 10th European Workshop, EPEW 2013, Venice, Italy, September 16-17, 2013. Proceedings. vol. 8168, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Katz, T. R. (2016) Sources of Error in Corneal Refractive Surgery. In Complications in Corneal Laser Surgery (Linke, S. J. and Katz, T., eds) pp. 33–38, Springer International Publishing, Cham

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
Andrews, R. (2016) Something Just Put A Dent In One Of Saturn’s Rings. 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. (2006) Aviation Finance: Observations on Potential FAA Funding Options.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ghafoori, E. (2014) Wavelet transform and neural network. 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
Kolomatsky, M. (2017) August’s Most Popular Listings. New York Times, September 7, 2017, p. RE2

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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