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
P. Smaglik, Capturing competencies, Nature. 421 (2003) 871.
A journal article with 2 authors
H.-J. Park, K. Friston, Structural and functional brain networks: from connections to cognition, Science. 342 (2013) 1238411.
A journal article with 3 authors
C. Baarlink, H. Wang, R. Grosse, Nuclear actin network assembly by formins regulates the SRF coactivator MAL, Science. 340 (2013) 864–867.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
K. Miller-Jensen, K.A. Janes, J.S. Brugge, D.A. Lauffenburger, Common effector processing mediates cell-specific responses to stimuli, Nature. 448 (2007) 604–608.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Yu, D. Tao, Modern Machine Learning Techniques and Their Applications in Cartoon Animation Research, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2013.
An edited book
M.A. Rodriguez, R.S. Walters, T.W. Burke, eds., 60 Years of Survival Outcomes at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Springer, New York, NY, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Brokate, G. Kersting, Integrable Functions, in: G. Kersting (Ed.), Measure and Integral, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 41–52.

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
J. O`Callaghan, Blue Origin Reveals New Images Of Its Capsule That Will Launch Space Tourists In 2018, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Software Distribution: Review of the Department of Energy’s National Energy Software Center, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1987.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C.L. Tosti, Quantification of dispersed and aggregated iron in vivo by magnetic resonance imaging, Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University, 2009.

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
B. Sisario, The Rapper Future Sets a Billboard Record, New York Times. (2017) C3.

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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