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
Strohman R. Maneuvering in the complex path from genotype to phenotype. Science 2002; 296: 701–703.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cymes GD, Grosman C. Tunable pKa values and the basis of opposite charge selectivities in nicotinic-type receptors. Nature 2011; 474: 526–530.
A journal article with 3 authors
Barnes SE, Ieda J, Maekawa S. Rashba spin-orbit anisotropy and the electric field control of magnetism. Sci Rep 2014; 4: 4105.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Capone M, Fabrizio M, Castellani C, Tosatti E. Strongly correlated superconductivity. Science 2002; 296: 2364–2366.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kagan E, Ben-Gal I. Probabilistic Search for Tracking Targets. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2013.
An edited book
de Hart J, Dekker P, Halman L (eds.). Religion and Civil Society in Europe. Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Spector T, Fung C-C. Remediation of Physical Exam Skills. In: Kalet A, Chou CL (eds). Remediation in Medical Education: A Mid-Course Correction. Springer: New York, NY, 2014, pp 67–83.

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. Seventeen Minor Planets Now Have New Names Thanks To A Competition. 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. Highway Funding: The Federal Highway Administration’s Funding Apportionment Model. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Lewis PA. Love and hate: The study of school principals moving from job motivation to job frustration. 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
Vecsey G. In Showdown, Sure Hands And Shaky Ones. New York Times. 2010; : SP1.

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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