How to format your references using the Agricultural and Forest Meteorology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 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
Power, P.P., 2010. Main-group elements as transition metals. Nature 463, 171–177.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fairchild, A.L., Bayer, R., 2004. Public health. Ethics and the conduct of public health surveillance. Science 303, 631–632.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bormashenko, E., Musin, A., Grynyov, R., 2014. Scaling law governing the roughness of the swash edge line. Sci. Rep. 4, 6243.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Islam, M.R., Nakamura, K., Casco-Robles, M.M., Kunahong, A., Inami, W., Toyama, F., Maruo, F., Chiba, C., 2014. The newt reprograms mature RPE cells into a unique multipotent state for retinal regeneration. Sci. Rep. 4, 6043.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chin, E., Nel, D., Ólafsson, S., 2014. Problems and Solutions in Mathematical Finance. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Nolta, J.A. (Ed.), 2006. Genetic Engineering of Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Chaitankar, V., Zhang, C., Ghosh, P., Gong, P., Perkins, E.J., Deng, Y., 2011. Predictive Minimum Description Length Principle Approach to Inferring Gene Regulatory Networks, in: Arabnia, H.R., Tran, Q.-N. (Eds.), Software Tools and Algorithms for Biological Systems, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 37–43.

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 Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Could Aspirin Reverse Increased Cancer Risk In Overweight People? [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1976. Evaluation of the Department of the Army’s Personnel and Cost Estimates for an Electronics Research and Development Command (No. LCD-76-465). 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
Jurica, M.L., 2012. Napping in the workplace as an invisible stigma: The moderating roles of raters’ nap habit, work ethic, and organizational policy (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Barron, J., 2017. For Architect, Making A Calmer Restaurant Was Very Stressful. New York Times A21.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Power, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Fairchild and Bayer, 2004; Power, 2010).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Fairchild and Bayer, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Islam et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleAgricultural and Forest Meteorology
AbbreviationAgric. For. Meteorol.
ISSN (print)0168-1923
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Atmospheric Science
Global and Planetary Change

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