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
Khodakhah K. Neuroscience: Decrypting a brain enigma. Nature 2015; 526: 326–327.
A journal article with 2 authors
Moore BD, Foley WJ. Tree use by koalas in a chemically complex landscape. Nature 2005; 435: 488–490.
A journal article with 3 authors
Paniagua-Domínguez R, Abujetas DR, Sánchez-Gil JA. Ultra low-loss, isotropic optical negative-index metamaterial based on hybrid metal-semiconductor nanowires. Sci Rep 2013; 3: 1507.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Hogerheijde MR, Bergin EA, Brinch C, Cleeves LI, Fogel JKJ, Blake GA et al. Detection of the water reservoir in a forming planetary system. Science 2011; 334: 338–340.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Robson Wright M. An Introduction to Chemical Kinetics. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2005.
An edited book
Goffredo S, Dubinsky Z (eds.). The Cnidaria, Past, Present and Future: The world of Medusa and her sisters. Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Tanré D, Artaxo P, Yuter S, Kaufman Y. In Situ and Remote Sensing Techniques for Measuring Aerosols, Clouds and Precipitation. In: Levin Z, Cotton WR (eds). Aerosol Pollution Impact on Precipitation: A Scientific Review. Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2009, pp 143–203.

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
Carpineti A. This Water-Powered CubeSat Might Be Sent To The Moon. IFLScience. 2016. (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 Aeronautics and Space Administration Should Provide the Congress with More Information on the Pioneer Venus Project. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Li X. Two essays on “mining market basket data: Models and applications in marketing”. 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
Cordes K. Mountaineering’s Greatest Climb Unravels. New York Times. 2015; : SR5.

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 1,1.
This sentence cites four references 1,1,1,1.

About the journal

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

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