How to format your references using the Blood Reviews citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Blood Reviews. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Harte B. Geochemistry. Diamond window into the lower mantle. Science 2011;334:51–2.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bier E, De Robertis EM. EMBRYO DEVELOPMENT. BMP gradients: A paradigm for morphogen-mediated developmental patterning. Science 2015;348:aaa5838.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yi C, Wei S, Hendrey G. Warming climate extends dryness-controlled areas of terrestrial carbon sequestration. Sci Rep 2014;4:5472.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Deléglise S, Dotsenko I, Sayrin C, Bernu J, Brune M, Raimond J-M, et al. Reconstruction of non-classical cavity field states with snapshots of their decoherence. Nature 2008;455:510–4.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ahlemeyer-Stubbe A, Coleman S. A Practical Guide to Data Mining for Business and Industry. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2014.
An edited book
Hwang Y-S. A Mindfulness Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: New Directions in Research and Practice. 1st ed. 2015. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Shibusawa R, Otsuka T, Sugawara T. Spread of Cooperation in Complex Agent Networks Based on Expectation of Cooperation. In: Baldoni M, Chopra AK, Son TC, Hirayama K, Torroni P, editors. PRIMA 2016: Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems: 19th International Conference, Phuket, Thailand, August 22-26, 2016, Proceedings, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016, p. 76–91.

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 Reviews.

Blog post
Andrew E. Crow Brains Reveal Secrets of Their Intelligence. IFLScience 2013. (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. Command and Control: Upgrades Allow Deferral of $500 Million Computer Acquisition. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ji Y. Dynamic Genetic Control: Manipulating Cell Behaviors Using Heat. Doctoral dissertation. University of California San Diego, 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
Gorman J. An Eye for Beauty. New York Times 2017:D1.

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 Reviews
AbbreviationBlood Rev.
ISSN (print)0268-960X

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