How to format your references using the British Journal of Haematology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for British Journal of Haematology. 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
Smaglik, P. (2003) Best of both worlds. Nature, 426, 706–707.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brucker, R.M. & Bordenstein, S.R. (2013) The hologenomic basis of speciation: gut bacteria cause hybrid lethality in the genus Nasonia. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341, 667–669.
A journal article with 3 authors
Advani, M.J., Rajagopalan, M. & Reddy, P.H. (2014) Calmodulin-like protein from M. tuberculosis H37Rv is required during infection. Scientific reports, 4, 6861.
A journal article with 21 or more authors
Lin, D.Y., Zhang, S.-Z., Block, E. & Katz, L.C. (2005) Encoding social signals in the mouse main olfactory bulb. Nature, 434, 470–477.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Marvin, S. (2010)Dictionary of Scientific Principles Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hu, A. & Apblett, A. eds. (2014)Nanotechnology for Water Treatment and Purification Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Bertelsen, A. (2011)Irving Gottesman and the Schizophrenia Spectrum. In Handbook of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Volume I: Conceptual Issues and Neurobiological Advances, Ritsner MS (ed) pp 115–125. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 British Journal of Haematology.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2013) 3-D pathogen model structure shows why there’s no cure for the common cold. IFLScience Available at: [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 (1989)FAA Training: Continued Improvements Needed in FAA’s Controller Field Training Program Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Klyce, L.R. (2008) Assessing parent-child agreement on an eating disorder symptom questionnaire.

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
(nyt), S.K. (2005) World Briefing | Europe: Russia: More Delay In Final Verdict For Tycoon. New York Times, A8.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik, 2003; Brucker & Bordenstein, 2013).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Brucker & Bordenstein, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Lin et al, 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleBritish Journal of Haematology
AbbreviationBr. J. Haematol.
ISSN (print)0007-1048
ISSN (online)1365-2141

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