How to format your references using the Best Practice & Research Clinical Haematology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Best Practice & Research Clinical Haematology. 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
Zhang C-T. A novel triangle mapping technique to study the h-index based citation distribution. Sci Rep 2013;3:1023.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ray-Gallet D, Almouzni G. Molecular biology. Mixing or not mixing. Science 2010;328:56–7.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jia Y, Sanchez JA, Wangh LJ. Kinetic hairpin oligonucleotide blockers for selective amplification of rare mutations. Sci Rep 2014;4:5921.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Salart D, Baas A, Branciard C, Gisin N, Zbinden H. Testing the speed of “spooky action at a distance.” Nature 2008;454:861–4.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nussbaumer A, Borges L, Davaine L. Fatigue Design of Steel and Composite Structures. Berlin, Germany: Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG; 2012.
An edited book
Deindl E, Kupatt C, editors. Therapeutic Neovascularization–Quo Vadis? Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
Stanta G. Tissue Heterogeneity as a Pre-analytical Source of Variability. In: Dietel M, Wittekind C, Bussolati G, Winterfeld M von, editors. Pre-Analytics of Pathological Specimens in Oncology, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015, p. 35–43.

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 Best Practice & Research Clinical Haematology.

Blog post
Andrews R. Elon Musk Wants To Fix South Australia’s Energy Crisis In Just 100 Days. IFLScience 2017. (accessed October 30, 2018).


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. Effects of Airline Entry Barriers on Fares. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Rodriguez G. Undocumented students in higher education: A grant project. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, 2013.

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
Silver N. Let’s Play Medalball! New York Times 2012:MM40.

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 titleBest Practice & Research Clinical Haematology
AbbreviationBest Pract. Res. Clin. Haematol.
ISSN (print)1521-6926
ScopeClinical Biochemistry

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