I am writing a NASA fellowship proposal and I am trying to bring down my page count. I am allowed to pick my citation format and I am trying to think of one that would take up a little less room than the ISME Journal style I am using currently. I'd like a style that still has in-text citations but abbreviates the references at the bottom, maybe by using fewer authors and shortening titles. Bonus points if it already exists in the Zotero style repository. If there aren't any good options, I'll edit my own style but I was wondering if there was anything that might just work out of the box.

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    Are you sure that references count toward the page limit? – Nate Eldredge Oct 31 '16 at 3:35
  • I have never seen titles being shortened in a citation style. I would see it as a really extreme thing to do. – Federico Poloni Oct 31 '16 at 7:27
  • @FedericoPoloni Some citation styles simply omit (journal article) titles, simply including the journal name and page information. See e.g. the style of the American Chemical Society. – rturnbull Oct 31 '16 at 15:19
  • @ Nate Eldrege: Yes, pretty sure. From the NPP application site: The maximum length for the proposal is 15 pages, including figures and citations; double-spaced; 12-point font; 1" margins. – ohnoplus Oct 31 '16 at 17:04
  • @ohnoplus, to reinforce Nate-Eldredge's point, what does the application guidance say exactly on the proposal length and word count. Surely if you use an author-date system, the list of references at the back of the proposal is not included in the word/page count. – G-E Nov 1 '16 at 13:36

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