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 (Indian J Hematol Blood Transfus). 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
Goebel T (2007) Anthropology. The missing years for modern humans. Science 315:194–196
A journal article with 2 authors
Robinton DA, Daley GQ (2012) The promise of induced pluripotent stem cells in research and therapy. Nature 481:295–305
A journal article with 3 authors
Chen W, Shimada S, Tanaka M (2002) Synthesis and structure of formally hexavalent palladium complexes. Science 295:308–310
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Minobe S, Kuwano-Yoshida A, Komori N, et al (2008) Influence of the Gulf Stream on the troposphere. Nature 452:206–209

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Twomey B (2011) Inside the Currency Market. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Jawaid M, Qaiss A el K, Bouhfid R (2016) Nanoclay Reinforced Polymer Composites: Nanocomposites and Bionanocomposites. Springer, Singapore
A chapter in an edited book
Battaglini L, Burrascano P, Canova A, et al (2011) Non-destructive Control of Metallic Plate with Magnetic Techniques. In: Mukhopadhyay SC, Lay-Ekuakille A, Fuchs A (eds) New Developments and Applications in Sensing Technology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 107–122

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
Luntz S (2014) Researchers Make Self-Moving Alcohol Droplets. 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 (2003) Telecommunications: Comprehensive Review of U.S. Spectrum Management with Broad Stakeholder Involvement Is Needed. 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
Ward VJ (2015) A study of the perceptions of first-year teachers as prepared classroom teachers. 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
Ortved J (2017) Signs of Vitality In the Hamptons. New York Times ST10

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, 1].
This sentence cites four references [1, 1, 1, 1].

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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