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
Parkin, G., 2004. Chemistry. Zinc-zinc bonds: a new frontier. Science 305, 1117–1118.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kleinman, C.L., Majewski, J., 2012. Comment on “Widespread RNA and DNA sequence differences in the human transcriptome.” Science 335, 1302; author reply 1302.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kuzuyama, T., Noel, J.P., Richard, S.B., 2005. Structural basis for the promiscuous biosynthetic prenylation of aromatic natural products. Nature 435, 983–987.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Camilo, F., Ransom, S.M., Halpern, J.P., Reynolds, J., Helfand, D.J., Zimmerman, N., Sarkissian, J., 2006. Transient pulsed radio emission from a magnetar. Nature 442, 892–895.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
DeRosa, D.F., 2013. Foreign Exchange Operations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Krause, E., Shokin, Y., Resch, M., Kröner, D., Shokina, N. (Eds.), 2011. Computational Science and High Performance Computing IV: The 4th Russian-German Advanced Research Workshop, Freiburg, Germany, October 12 to 16, 2009, Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Farnell, J., Crookes, P.I., 2016. Investment, in: Irwin Crookes, P. (Ed.), The Politics of EU-China Economic Relations: An Uneasy Partnership. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp. 95–120.

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, D., 2015. Learn Anatomy By Dissecting Knitted Animals [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, 1973. DOD’s Data Banks on Contractors’ Independent Research and Development Programs (No. B-163391). 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
Starkenberg, L.I., 2015. Health science student’s knowledge of oral health and preventive practices (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
Billard, M., 2013. Lessons From a Master Shopper. New York Times E14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Parkin, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Kleinman and Majewski, 2012; Parkin, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Kleinman and Majewski, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Camilo et al., 2006)

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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