Many grant applications have page limits. They also often allow the writer to chose their preferred format for references.
Thus, I was wondering:
What is a good concise referencing system that minimises the impact of references on page count?
Equally, perhaps there are other considerations beyond being concise, such as readability or highlighting that an author on the paper is also an investigator on the grant. Or perhaps it's better to stick to the reference format dominant in your discipline?
My initial thoughts were:
- Use numbered references rather than author (date) format
- Use first author and then et al for other authors
- Use abbreviated journal names
- Show only first page number