How to format your references using the Transfusion clinique et biologique citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Transfusion clinique et biologique. 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
Ciotti L. Galaxy formation: Anatomy of elliptical galaxies. Nature 2009;460:333–4.
A journal article with 2 authors
O’Shea PG, Freund HP. Free-electron lasers. Status and applications. Science 2001;292:1853–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
Max CE, Canalizo G, de Vries WH. Locating the two black holes in NGC 6240. Science 2007;316:1877–80.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lizarralde D, Gaherty JB, Collins JA, Hirth G, Kim SD. Spreading-rate dependence of melt extraction at mid-ocean ridges from mantle seismic refraction data. Nature 2004;432:744–7.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Means RS. Green Building: Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2010.
An edited book
Schulte-Werning B, Thompson D, Gautier P-E, Hanson C, Hemsworth B, Nelson J, et al., editors. Noise and Vibration Mitigation for Rail Transportation Systems: Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Railway Noise, Munich, Germany, 4 - 8 September 2007. vol. 99. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Eke AN, Wilkes AL, Gaiter J. Organized Religion and the Fight Against HIV/AIDS in the Black Community: The Role of the Black Church. In: McCree DH, Jones K, O’Leary A, editors. African Americans and HIV/AIDS: Understanding and Addressing the Epidemic, New York, NY: Springer; 2010, p. 53–68.

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 Transfusion clinique et biologique.

Blog post
Andrew E. Deadly Nepal Earthquake Caused Mount Everest to Shift Three Centimeters. 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. Business Systems Modernization: Results of Review of IRS’ Customer Account Data Engine Project. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2001.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Nasiriamini S. The need for adaptive network application architectures. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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
Vecsey G. Bustling Booth Becomes Waypoint In Ashe’s Legacy. New York Times 2010:SP7.

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 titleTransfusion clinique et biologique
AbbreviationTransfus. Clin. Biol.
ISSN (print)1246-7820
ScopeClinical Biochemistry
Biochemistry, medical

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