How to format your references using the Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 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
Lawler A. U.S. SPACE SCIENCE: Earmarks, Rising Costs Threaten NASA Missions. Science. 2000;289(5487):2018.
A journal article with 2 authors
Frieda KL, Block SM. Direct observation of cotranscriptional folding in an adenine riboswitch. Science. 2012;338(6105):397-400.
A journal article with 3 authors
Richard D, Clanet C, Quéré D. Contact time of a bouncing drop. Nature. 2002;417(6891):811.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Watters TR, Head JW, Solomon SC, et al. Evolution of the Rembrandt impact basin on Mercury. Science. 2009;324(5927):618-621.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Abid MM. Spacecraft Sensors. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2006.
An edited book
Wang Q, Cheng Y, Liu NC, eds. Building World-Class Universities: Different Approaches to a Shared Goal. Vol 25. SensePublishers; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Peterson CM, Menias CO, Siegel CL. Imaging of the Male Urethra. In: Brandes SB, ed. Urethral Reconstructive Surgery. Humana Press; 2008:29-42.

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 Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Blog post
Taub B. Salmonella Could Be Used To Fight Brain Tumors. IFLScience. Published January 12, 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. Comments on S. 1961, a Bill Cited as the “Higher Education Amendments of 1980.” U.S. Government Printing Office; 1980.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ahmed S. Human Fatigue in Prolonged Mentally Demanding Work-Tasks: An Observational Study in the Field. Doctoral dissertation. Mississippi State University; 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
Paulson M. Hello? Dolly? Bette Midler Might Not Sing at Tonys. New York Times. May 29, 2017:C1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleBiology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
AbbreviationBiol. Blood Marrow Transplant.
ISSN (print)1083-8791

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