How to format your references using the Acta Haematologica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Haematologica. 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
Nürnberg D: PALEOCLIMATE: Taking the Temperature of Past Ocean Surfaces. Science 2000;289:1698–1699.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lukas D, Huchard E: Sexual conflict. The evolution of infanticide by males in mammalian societies. Science 2014;346:841–844.
A journal article with 3 authors
Le Mée L, Girardeau J, Monnier C: Mantle segmentation along the Oman ophiolite fossil mid-ocean ridge. Nature 2004;432:167–172.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Guo X, Jin M, Yang M, Liu K, Li J-W: Type 2 diabetes mellitus and the risk of hepatitis C virus infection: a systematic review. Sci Rep 2013;3:2981.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kramer A, Legeard B: Model-Based Testing Essentials. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2016.
An edited book
Shahid SA: United Arab Emirates Keys to Soil Taxonomy. Dordrecht, Springer Netherlands, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Tunstall NE, Warr CG: Chemical Communication in Insects: The Peripheral Odour Coding System of Drosophila Melanogaster; in López-Larrea C (ed): Sensing in Nature. New York, NY, Springer US, 2012, pp 59–77.

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 Acta Haematologica.

Blog post
Andrew E: Stressed Out Snake Eats Itself. IFLScience 2014 [cited 2018 Oct 30];Available from:


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: Intercity Passenger Rail: Issues Associated with the Recent Settlement between Amtrak and the Consortium of Bombardier and Alstom. Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Holman R: Music history pedagogy: Three approaches to teaching a one-semester music history survey course in accordance with the LEAP Initiative 2014;

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
Kelly M: Words And Deeds; The Guinier Affair Aggravates Clinton’s Credibility Problem. New York Times 1993;41.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Haematologica
AbbreviationActa Haematol.
ISSN (print)0001-5792
ISSN (online)1421-9662
ScopeGeneral Medicine

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