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
Eicken, H. (2013) Arctic sea ice needs better forecasts. Nature 497, 431–433
A journal article with 2 authors
Hemberger, M. and Pedersen, R. (2010) Stem cells. Epigenome disruptors. Science 330, 598–599
A journal article with 3 authors
Vlemmings, W. H. T., Diamond, P. J., and Imai, H. (2006) A magnetically collimated jet from an evolved star. Nature 440, 58–60
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Affolder, R., Rizzo, I., Burgess, C., Bchir, A., and Lob-Levyt, J. (2007) A prescription for drug delivery. Nature 449, 170–172

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wilmott, P. and Orrell, D. (2017) The Money Formula. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Cunha, P. F. and Maropoulos, P. G., eds. (2007) Digital Enterprise Technology: Perspectives and Future Challenges. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Dodgshon, R. A. and Olsson, E. G. A. (2007) Seasonality in European Mountain Areas: A Study in Human Ecology. In Seasonal Landscapes (Palang, H., Sooväli, H., and Printsmann, A., eds) pp. 85–101, 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
Carpineti, A. (2016) James Webb Space Telescope’s Golden Mirror Unveiled For The First Time. 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. (1997) Medicaid: Graduate Medical Education Payments.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Henning, J. N. (2014) Top ten effective community college board trustees self-perceived leadership attributes. Pepperdine University, Malibu, 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
GEORGE GENE GUSTINES; Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF. (2010) Batman Beats Superman In the Marketplace. New York Times, February 27, 2010, p. C2

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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