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
Okasha, S., 2010. Altruism researchers must cooperate. Nature 467, 653–655.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kluwe, C., Ellington, A.D., 2010. Evolution. RNA GPS. Science 330, 330–331.
A journal article with 3 authors
Moritz, C.T., Perlmutter, S.I., Fetz, E.E., 2008. Direct control of paralysed muscles by cortical neurons. Nature 456, 639–642.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Painter, H.J., Morrisey, J.M., Mather, M.W., Vaidya, A.B., 2007. Specific role of mitochondrial electron transport in blood-stage Plasmodium falciparum. Nature 446, 88–91.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Larkin, R.F., DiTommaso, M., 2015. Wiley Not-for-Profit GAAP 2015. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Nikoletseas, S.E. (Ed.), 2005. Experimental and Efficient Algorithms: 4th International Workshop, WEA 2005, Santorini Island, Greece, May 10-13, 2005. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Köhler, M., Moldt, D., Rölke, H., Valk, R., 2005. Linking Micro and Macro Description of Scalable Social Systems Using Reference Nets, in: Fischer, K., Florian, M., Malsch, T. (Eds.), Socionics: Scalability of Complex Social Systems, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 51–67.

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
Hale, T., 2016. WHO Wants To Extend Their Definition Of Infertility To Include Single 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, 2011. Auto Safety: NHTSA Has Options to Improve the Safety Defect Recall Process (No. GAO-11-603). 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
Anemaet, W.K., 2008. The effects of non -surgical interventions on osteoarthritis-like changes in the mouse knee (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Walsh, M.W., 2012. Bankruptcy In California Is Not Seen As a Trend. New York Times B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Okasha, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Kluwe and Ellington, 2010; Okasha, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Kluwe and Ellington, 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Painter et al., 2007)

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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