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
Butt, Y. (2009) Beyond the myth of the supernova-remnant origin of cosmic rays. Nature, 460, 701–704.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ferrara, N. & Kerbel, R.S. (2005) Angiogenesis as a therapeutic target. Nature, 438, 967–974.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wallis, J.D., Anderson, K.C. & Miller, E.K. (2001) Single neurons in prefrontal cortex encode abstract rules. Nature, 411, 953–956.
A journal article with 21 or more authors
Chen, M.S., Huber, A.B., van der Haar, M.E., Frank, M., Schnell, L., Spillmann, A.A., Christ, F. & Schwab, M.E. (2000) Nogo-A is a myelin-associated neurite outgrowth inhibitor and an antigen for monoclonal antibody IN-1. Nature, 403, 434–439.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Meyer, V.R. (2013)Pitfalls and Errors of HPLC in Pictures Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Close, J.-P. ed. (2016)AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City: The Invisible made Visible Phase 1 Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Halt, G.B., Fesnak, R., Donch, J.C. & Stiles, A.R. (2014)Copyrights. In Intellectual Property in Consumer Electronics, Software and Technology Startups, Donch JC Jr Stiles AR & Fesnak R (eds) pp 53–60. New York, NY: Springer.

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
Evans, K. (2016) Study Finds No Proof Fitness Trackers Help With Weight Loss. 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 (1974)Subcontract Estimates Included in Prime Contract Prices at Amphenol Space and Missile Systems Division 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
Fan, H.-T. (2012) Design of delta operator based decision feedback equalizer for high-speed backplane data communication.

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
Kenigsberg, B. (2017) Trudging to Suffrage, On a Swiss Schedule. New York Times, C7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Butt, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Butt, 2009; Ferrara & Kerbel, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Ferrara & Kerbel, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Chen et al, 2000)

About the journal

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

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