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
Zaanen J. High-temperature superconductivity. Stripes defeat the Fermi liquid. Nature 2000;404:714–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Apesteguía S, Zaher H. A Cretaceous terrestrial snake with robust hindlimbs and a sacrum. Nature 2006;440:1037–40.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rich TH, Vickers-Rich P, Gangloff RA. Paleontology. Polar dinosaurs. Science 2002;295:979–80.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Yen W-C, Chen Y-Z, Yeh C-H, He J-H, Chiu P-W, Chueh Y-L. Direct growth of self-crystallized graphene and graphite nanoballs with Ni vapor-assisted growth: from controllable growth to material characterization. Sci Rep 2014;4:4739.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Murray B. The Possibility of Culture. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc; 2015.
An edited book
Gendler R. Treasures of the Southern Sky. New York, NY: Springer; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Conteh J, Riasat S, Begum S. Children Learning Multilingually in Home, Community and School Contexts in Britain. In: Schwartz M, Verschik A, editors. Successful Family Language Policy: Parents, Children and Educators in Interaction, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2013, p. 83–102.

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. These Ancient Mammals Thrived After The Dinosaurs Were Wiped Out. IFLScience 2015. (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. Information Security: Weak Controls Place DC Highway Trust Fund and Other Data at Risk. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2001.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Watson CA. A cultural confluence: Approaches to embedding cultural insights and inclusion throughout the marketing process. Doctoral dissertation. Pepperdine University, 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
Bilefsky D. Court Decides Not to Certify Ouster Vote In Romania. New York Times 2012:A8.

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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