How to format your references using the Indian Journal of Hematology and Blood Transfusion citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Indian Journal of Hematology and Blood Transfusion. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Taylor J-S (2015) Biomolecules. The dark side of sunlight and melanoma. Science 347:824
A journal article with 2 authors
Hemmer P, Gomes C (2015) Physics. Single proteins under a diamond spotlight. Science 347:1072–1073
A journal article with 3 authors
Soung YH, Pruitt K, Chung J (2014) Epigenetic silencing of ARRDC3 expression in basal-like breast cancer cells. Sci Rep 4:3846
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Tadaki K, Iono D, Yun MS, et al (2018) The gravitationally unstable gas disk of a starburst galaxy 12 billion years ago. Nature 560:613–616

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ho RJY, Gibaldi M (2003) Biotechnology and Biopharmaceuticals. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Andrews B (2011) The Ricci Flow in Riemannian Geometry: A Complete Proof of the Differentiable 1/4-Pinching Sphere Theorem. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Stolfi A, Brown FD (2015) Tunicata. In: Wanninger A (ed) Evolutionary Developmental Biology of Invertebrates 6: Deuterostomia. Springer, Vienna, pp 135–204

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 Indian Journal of Hematology and Blood Transfusion.

Blog post
Andrews R (2017) Humanity’s Actions Have Given Rise To 208 New Mineral Types. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2000) Higher Education: Trustee Arrangements Serve Useful Purpose in Student Loan Market. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Hutsell JD (2009) School board members’ perception on their roles and responsibilities in developing policy that affects student achievement. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University

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
Qiu L (2017) Fact-Checking Assertions About the President’s Travel Ban. New York Times A19

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 titleIndian Journal of Hematology and Blood Transfusion
AbbreviationIndian J. Hematol. Blood Transfus.
ISSN (print)0971-4502
ISSN (online)0974-0449

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