Accepted Manuscripts

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Open Access

Blood Advances is an open access publication. Manuscripts and other content are immediately available to the public upon publication.

Preparation of Accepted Manuscripts

All manuscripts accepted by Blood Advances are subject to image evaluation and plagiarism screening. Authors must submit a clean, final accepted version of their manuscript for production. Prior to submitting files for production, 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. After all requirements for production have been met, manuscripts will undergo copyediting and composition before publishing online.

Online copyright transfer

Blood Advances requires all authors of accepted manuscripts to provide electronic copyright transfer signatures or to document their status as an NIH or other U.S. federal employee and thus unable to transfer copyright. Upon acceptance of a manuscript, an e-mail will be sent to all coauthors with instructions for logging on to Bench>Press individually and providing their electronic signatures. Articles will not be published until all signatures are received via Bench>Press.

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 final text document after acceptance. 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

Blood Advances accepts digital TIFF and EPS images.  We STRONGLY discourage 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 Advances articles subsequently undergo the standard production processes, including copyediting, composition, and proofreading. The edited article is then immediately published in its final form online and collated into the first available online issue of Blood Advances.

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 Advances 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, Sheridan Journal Services (SJS), 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. 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.