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
Lingham-Soliar T. Comment on “A Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia with both feathers and scales.” Science 2014;346:434.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cane MA, Evans M. CLIMATE VARIABILITY: Enhanced: Do the Tropics Rule? Science 2000;290:1107–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gu Y, Lee W, Shen J. Site-2 protease responds to oxidative stress and regulates oxidative injury in mammalian cells. Sci Rep 2014;4:6268.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Montelli R, Nolet G, Dahlen FA, Masters G, Engdahl ER, Hung S-H. Finite-frequency tomography reveals a variety of plumes in the mantle. Science 2004;303:338–43.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Maudlin T. Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2011.
An edited book
Tinelli C, Sofronie-Stokkermans V, editors. Frontiers of Combining Systems: 8th International Symposium, FroCoS 2011, Saarbrücken, Germany, October 5-7, 2011. Proceedings. vol. 6989. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Cloyd E, Moser SC, Maibach E, Maldonado J, Chen T, Britson A. Engagement in the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment: commitment, capacity, and communication for impact. In: Jacobs K, Moser S, Buizer J, editors. The US National Climate Assessment: Innovations in Science and Engagement, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016, p. 39–54.

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
Fang J. Collapsed Ice Lake Led to Catastrophic Martian Flood. IFLScience 2014. (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. Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Oversight of Public Television. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1984.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Fernandes JM. Physical and chemical properties of Jupiter’s north and south polar vortex revealed through mid-infrared imaging. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, 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
Kelly J. HOME FRONT/Erin St.; Trading Boardroom for a Camper’s Bunk. New York Times 2004:101.

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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