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
Nobrega MA. Journal club. A human geneticist explores the ways that genes are regulated. Nature. 2010;466(7302):11.
A journal article with 2 authors
Beatty PH, Good AG. Plant science. Future prospects for cereals that fix nitrogen. Science. 2011;333(6041):416-417.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wellman CH, Osterloff PL, Mohiuddin U. Fragments of the earliest land plants. Nature. 2003;425(6955):282-285.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Ngo TTM, Moufarrej MN, Rasmussen M-LH, et al. Noninvasive blood tests for fetal development predict gestational age and preterm delivery. Science. 2018;360(6393):1133-1136.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lu M. Arithmetic and Logic in Computer Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2005.
An edited book
Naselli-Flores L, Rossetti G, eds. Fifty Years after the ‘“Homage to Santa Rosalia”’: Old and New Paradigms on Biodiversity in Aquatic Ecosystems. Vol 213. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Cheroutre H, Huang Y. Crosstalk Between Adaptive and Innate Immune Cells Leads to High Quality Immune Protection at the Mucosal Borders. In: Katsikis PD, Schoenberger SP, Pulendran B, eds. Crossroads Between Innate and Adaptive Immunity IV. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. New York, NY: Springer; 2013:43-47.

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
Hamilton K. Aircraft Contrails Make Clouds Brighter – New Study. IFLScience. Published June 21, 2016. 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. Guide for Writing Executive Summaries. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Martin JC. Tbx18 and the epicardium in cardiac development and regenerative medicine. 2008.

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
Hollander S. Syracuse and Princeton Survive to Reach Final. New York Times. May 28, 2000:88.

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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