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
Brody, H. (2012) Human papillomavirus. Nature, 488, S1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lybarger, S.R. & Sandkvist, M. (2004) Microbiology. A hitchhiker’s guide to type IV secretion. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304, 1122–1123.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sun, J.-Y., Wu, X.-S. & Wu, L.-G. (2002) Single and multiple vesicle fusion induce different rates of endocytosis at a central synapse. Nature, 417, 555–559.
A journal article with 21 or more authors
Shin, Y.-I., Schunck, C.H., Schirotzek, A. & Ketterle, W. (2008) Phase diagram of a two-component Fermi gas with resonant interactions. Nature, 451, 689–693.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Quinquis, A. (2008)Digital Signal Processing using MATLAB® London, UK: ISTE.
An edited book
Horváth, L. (2012)Inference for Functional Data with Applications Kokoszka P (ed) New York, NY: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Sutcu, Y., Li, Q. & Memon, N. (2013)Secure Sketches for Protecting Biometric Templates. In Security and Privacy in Biometrics, Campisi P (ed) pp 69–104. London: 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
Carpineti, A. (2016) A Solar Storm Almost Started World War Three. 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 (2006)Commercial Space Launches: FAA Needs Continued Planning and Monitoring to Oversee the Safety of the Emerging Space Tourism Industry 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
Tsai, H.-Y. (2006) Elucidating the Role of Protein Cofactors in RNA Catalysis Using Ribonuclease P as the Model System.

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
Gustines, G.G. (2011) It Came From the Suburbs: New Life for a Swamp Creature. New York Times, C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Brody, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Brody, 2012; Lybarger & Sandkvist, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Lybarger & Sandkvist, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Shin et al, 2008)

About the journal

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

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