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
Schneider, R. (2014) Climate science: Sea levels from ancient seashells. Nature 508, 465–466
A journal article with 2 authors
Holt, M. and Jahn, R. (2004) Neuroscience. Synaptic vesicles in the fast lane. Science 303, 1986–1987
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang, Y., Lu, H., and Bargmann, C. I. (2005) Pathogenic bacteria induce aversive olfactory learning in Caenorhabditis elegans. Nature 438, 179–184
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Minamino, T., Morimoto, Y. V., Kinoshita, M., Aldridge, P. D., and Namba, K. (2014) The bacterial flagellar protein export apparatus processively transports flagellar proteins even with extremely infrequent ATP hydrolysis. Sci. Rep. 4, 7579

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Baldi, P., Frasconi, P., and Smyth, P. (2002) Modeling the Internet and the Web: Probabilistic Methods and Algorithms. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Fry, H. and Kneebone, R., eds. (2011) Surgical Education: Theorising an Emerging Domain. vol. 2, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Lambert, M. and Naber, D. (2012) Quick Reference. In Current Schizophrenia (Lambert, M., ed) pp. 157–175, Springer Healthcare UK, 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) 170-Year-Old Shipwreck Beer Tastes Like Goat And Smells Of Rotting Cabbage. 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. (2007) Data Mining: Early Attention to Privacy in Developing a Key DHS Program Could Reduce Risks.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Van Exel, L. M. (2012) Applying database refactoring techniques to procedural SQL. 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
Vecsey, G. (2010) Kickers Form Bond And Find Sorority. New York Times, October 9, 2010, p. D6

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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