Accepted Manuscripts

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Original research accepted by Blood and submitted for Blood First Edition by the author is prepublished online in unedited form once it passes image screening and after all requirements for production have been met.  Manuscripts that are prepublished in Blood First Edition are considered to be formally published and citable on the date of the article’s appearance on the website. They are searchable in Medline, Google Scholar, and other search engines. Final versions of prepublished papers will be published in a future print and online issue of Blood after undergoing copyediting and composition.

Please note that Letters to the Editor, Inside Blood commentaries, and Editorials are not prepublished.

Prior to submitting files for First Edition prepublication, the submitting author must carefully review the entire manuscript file, paying particular attention to listing full and accurate names of all authors; including accurate institutional affiliations for each author; and including all figures, legends, and tables within the uploaded document.

Online copyright transfer

Articles will not be prepublished until all signatures are received via eJournalPress. More information on online copyright transfer requirements can be found here.

Manuscript file format

A Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) file of your accepted manuscript is required to allow the manuscript to be copyedited and composed. You will be requested to upload the accepted text document during the submission to First Edition. Please note that publication of your article will be put on hold until you upload a Word or RTF document. You must make sure that the document you submit is the same as the one accepted. There cannot be ANY content changes from the final accepted version ; however, you should remove any highlighted or red-lined text that may have been inserted to indicate revisions to the original submission.

Figure preparation and sizing for the final publication

Detailed instructions for submitting digital artwork can be found here.

Blood accepts digital TIFF and EPS images. Blood STRONGLY discourages submission of figures as Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt) files because they result in much lower quality images.

For final publication, lay out figures as compactly as is consistent with conveying the relevant data. Figures will be sized to fit the smallest possible space, but in order to prevent radical changes in figure content, prepare the figures in one of two sizes: 8.0 cm (1-column width) or, if necessary, 11.5 cm (1.5 column width). Note that these instructions do NOT apply to figures submitted for peer review.

Requirements for final typeset version of articles

Blood articles prepublished in First Edition, and articles listed above not prepublished in First Edition subsequently undergo the standard production processes, including copyediting, composition, and proofreading. The edited article is then published in its final form in the first available print and online issue of Blood .  e-Blood articles will be published online only but will be listed in a print issue Table of Contents.

Cover illustrations

Cover illustrations are chosen by the Editor-in-Chief. Authors who submit a manuscript are encouraged to include a color image they consider suitable for the cover of Blood as a supplemental file, with reference to this suggested cover figure in the cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief. The author must own copyright to the image. The image must be sharp enough to allow magnification to the full size of the 6½ x 11 in. image area. Include a brief caption explaining the content of the figure.


Authors of accepted manuscripts will receive electronic page proofs directly from the printer, Dartmouth Journal Services (DJS), and are responsible for proofreading and checking the entire article, including tables, figures, and references. Authors should correct only typesetting errors at this stage; more extensive alterations will result in publication delay and possible additional fees. Page proofs should be returned as promptly as possible, preferably within 48 hours, to avoid delays in publication. It is very important to carefully check every facet of the paper at this stage.