How to format your references using the Blood Cells, Molecules and Diseases citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Blood Cells, Molecules and Diseases. 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
G. Zebrowski, The holdouts, Nature. 408 (2000) 775.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.T. Osterholm, D.A. Henderson, Public health and biosecurity. Life sciences at a crossroads: respiratory transmissible H5N1, Science. 335 (2012) 801–802.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.J. Videler, E.J. Stamhuis, G.D.E. Povel, Leading-edge vortex lifts swifts, Science. 306 (2004) 1960–1962.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R.P.N. Rao, N. Yadav, M.N. Vahia, H. Joglekar, R. Adhikari, I. Mahadevan, Entropic evidence for linguistic structure in the Indus script, Science. 324 (2009) 1165.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Tewari, Advanced Control of Aircraft, Spacecraft and Rockets, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2011.
An edited book
E. David, E. Gerding, D. Sarne, O. Shehory, eds., Agent-Mediated Electronic Commerce. Designing Trading Strategies and Mechanisms for Electronic Markets: AAMAS Workshop, AMEC 2009, Budapest, Hungary, May 12, 2009, and IJCAI Workshop, TADA 2009, Pasadena, CA, USA, July 13, 2009, Selected and Revised Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
B.R. Donald, The Compass That Steered Robotics, in: R.L. Constable, A. Silva (Eds.), Logic and Program Semantics: Essays Dedicated to Dexter Kozen on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 50–65.

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 Cells, Molecules and Diseases.

Blog post
T. Hale, The Mountain From “Game of Thrones” Reveals What He Has To Eat To Maintain His Mass, IFLScience. (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, NASA: Ares I and Orion Project Risks and Key Indicators to Measure Progress, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A. Mylonas, “Women are the pillars of the family”: Athenian women’s survival strategies during economic crisis, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2014.

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
A.L. Baker, J.C. McKINLEY Jr, F.B.I. Agent Checking On Grenade Hurt in Blast, New York Times. (2017) A21.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 Cells, Molecules and Diseases
AbbreviationBlood Cells Mol. Dis.
ISSN (print)1079-9796
ScopeCell Biology
Molecular Biology
Molecular Medicine

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