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
Amabilino DB. Chemistry. How deformation can lend a hand to molecular ordering. Science. 2009;325(5939):402-403.
A journal article with 2 authors
Houweling AR, Brecht M. Behavioural report of single neuron stimulation in somatosensory cortex. Nature. 2008;451(7174):65-68.
A journal article with 3 authors
Balser DS, Rood RT, Bania TM. Comment on “Deep mixing of 3He: reconciling Big Bang and stellar nucleosynthesis.” Science. 2007;317(5842):1170.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Zürch M, Rothhardt J, Hädrich S, et al. Real-time and sub-wavelength ultrafast coherent diffraction imaging in the extreme ultraviolet. Sci Rep. 2014;4:7356.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Reason B, Løvlie L, Brand Flu M. Service Design for Business. John Wiley & Sons, Inc; 2015.
An edited book
Fishman LM. Functional Electromyography: Provocative Maneuvers in Electrodiagnosis. (Wilkins AN, ed.). Springer US; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Meissner D. Instruments to measure Foresight. In: Meissner D, Gokhberg L, Sokolov A, eds. Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for the Future: Potentials and Limits of Foresight Studies. Springer; 2013:43-62.

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
Andrew E. Oceans Warming 15 Times Faster Than The Last 10,000 Years. IFLScience. Published November 2, 2013. 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. West Coast Ports: Better Supply Chain Information Could Improve DOT’s Freight Efforts. U.S. Government Printing Office; 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Jurka J. The importance of being a complement: CED effects revisited. Published online 2010.

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
Clarey C. Halep Puts Up a Fight, but Williams Rolls On. New York Times. September 8, 2016:B13.

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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