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
Brown RS. Hepatitis C and liver transplantation. Nature 2005; 436: 973–978.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cohen JE, Gürtler RE. Modeling household transmission of American trypanosomiasis. Science 2001; 293: 694–698.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schreiber RD, Old LJ, Smyth MJ. Cancer immunoediting: integrating immunity’s roles in cancer suppression and promotion. Science 2011; 331: 1565–1570.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Harries JE, Brindley HE, Sagoo PJ, Bantges RJ. Increases in greenhouse forcing inferred from the outgoing longwave radiation spectra of the Earth in 1970 and 1997. Nature 2001; 410: 355–357.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rosplock K. The Complete Direct Investing Handbook. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2017.
An edited book
Itakura S, Fujita K (eds.). Origins of the Social Mind: Evolutionary and Developmental Views. Springer Japan: Tokyo, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Cleaveland S, Haydon DT, Taylor L. Overviews of Pathogen Emergence: Which Pathogens Emerge, When and Why? In: Childs JE, Mackenzie JS, Richt JA (eds). Wildlife and Emerging Zoonotic Diseases: The Biology, Circumstances and Consequences of Cross-Species Transmission. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007, pp 85–111.

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
Andrew E. Opportunity rover discovers mysterious rock on Martian surface. IFLScience. 2014. (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. Degradable Plastics: Standards, Research and Development. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Perkins J. ‘Inside of each story was a piece of my story’: Applied folklore addressing stigma around perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. 2017.

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
Hodgman J. Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman. New York Times. 2017; : MM18.

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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