How to format your references using the Blood Cancer Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Blood Cancer Journal. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Hertwig R. Psychology. Tapping into the wisdom of the crowd--with confidence. Science 2012; 336: 303–304.
A journal article with 2 authors
Modlin RL, Sieling PA. Immunology. Now presenting: gammadelta T cells. Science 2005; 309: 252–253.
A journal article with 3 authors
Achlioptas D, D’Souza RM, Spencer J. Explosive percolation in random networks. Science 2009; 323: 1453–1455.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Choi SH, Hyeon DY, Lee LH, Park SJ, Han S, Lee IC et al. Gene duplication of type-B ARR transcription factors systematically extends transcriptional regulatory structures in Arabidopsis. Sci Rep 2014; 4: 7197.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kukushkin A. Radio Wave Propagation in the Marine Boundary Layer. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA: Weinheim, FRG, 2004.
An edited book
Villa AEP, Duch W, Érdi P, Masulli F, Palm G (eds.). Artificial Neural Networks and Machine Learning – ICANN 2012: 22nd International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, Lausanne, Switzerland, September 11-14, 2012, Proceedings, Part II. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Larionova M, Shelepov A. Is BRICS Institutionalization Enhancing Its Effectiveness? In: Rewizorski M (ed). The European Union and the BRICS: Complex Relations in the Era of Global Governance. Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2015, pp 39–55.

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 Blood Cancer Journal.

Blog post
Andrews R. Why Are These Bald Eagles Caring For A Lonely Baby Hawk? IFLScience. 2017. (accessed 30 Oct2018).


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. National Public Radio. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1984.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Du L. Economic model for vehicle ownership quota policy analysis. 2012.

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
Eligon J. American Eyes on Race in Australia. New York Times. 2017; : A2.

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 titleBlood Cancer Journal
AbbreviationBlood Cancer J.
ISSN (online)2044-5385

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