How to format your references using the Blood citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Blood. 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
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Bejan A. Maxwell’s demons everywhere: evolving design as the arrow of time. Sci. Rep. 2014;4:4017.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Lambeck K, Chappell J. Sea level change through the last glacial cycle. Science. 2001;292(5517):679–686.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Friis EM, Pedersen KR, Crane PR. Fossil evidence of water lilies (Nymphaeales) in the Early Cretaceous. Nature. 2001;410(6826):357–360.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
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Peter BJ, Kent HM, Mills IG, et al. BAR domains as sensors of membrane curvature: the amphiphysin BAR structure. Science. 2004;303(5657):495–499.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Parker D. Global Real Estate Investment Trusts. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2011.
An edited book
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Biliary Tract and Gallbladder Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
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Tompa P. Bioinformatics Approaches to the Structure and Function of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins. From Protein Structure to Function with Bioinformatics. 2009;113–140.

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.

Blog post
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Fang J. Why Does Popcorn Pop? IFLScience. 2015;

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office. Telecommunications: Better Coordination and Enhanced Accountability Needed to Improve Spectrum Management. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Anderson CW. Breaking journalism down: Work, authority, and networking local news, 1997–2009. 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
1.
Schweber N, Barker K, Grant J. In New Jersey, Young Players Recall Hazing. New York Times. 2014;A1.

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
AbbreviationBlood
ISSN (print)0006-4971
ISSN (online)1528-0020
ScopeBiochemistry
Cell Biology
Immunology
Hematology

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