How to format your references using the Leukemia Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Leukemia Research. 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
R.L. DeHaan, Science education. Teaching creative science thinking, Science. 334 (2011) 1499–1500.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.F. Budd, J.M. Pandolfi, Evolutionary novelty is concentrated at the edge of coral species distributions, Science. 328 (2010) 1558–1561.
A journal article with 3 authors
W.R. Peltier, Y. Liu, J.W. Crowley, Snowball Earth prevention by dissolved organic carbon remineralization, Nature. 450 (2007) 813–818.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G. Faraci, A.R. Pennisi, A. Alberti, R. Ruggeri, G. Mannino, Giant photoluminescence emission in crystalline faceted Si grains, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2674.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
AIChE technical manual, Dow’s Chemical Exposure Index Guide, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 1998.
An edited book
P. Mehdipour, ed., Epigenetics Territory and Cancer, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
M.G. Velarde, V.A. Makarov, N.P. Castellanos, Y.L. Song, D. Lombardo, Mathematical Approach to Sensory Motor Control and Memory, in: P. Arena, L. Patanè (Eds.), Spatial Temporal Patterns for Action-Oriented Perception in Roving Robots, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009: pp. 219–268.

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 Leukemia Research.

Blog post
J. Davis, Two Different Species Of Dolphins Have Formed An Alliance In The Bahamas, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Freight Railroads: Updated Information on Rates and Other Industry Trends, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A. Ng, Exploring the perceptions of health care leaders: Colorectal cancer screening barriers among Chinese Canadian women, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2012.

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
M.W. Walsh, Puerto Rico’s Financial Woes Revive Calls for Independence, New York Times. (2016) A9.

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 titleLeukemia Research
AbbreviationLeuk. Res.
ISSN (print)0145-2126
ScopeCancer Research

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