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
Bhutta, Z.A., 2014. Infectious disease: Polio eradication hinges on child health in Pakistan. Nature 511, 285–287.
A journal article with 2 authors
Foster, G.L., Vance, D., 2006. Negligible glacial-interglacial variation in continental chemical weathering rates. Nature 444, 918–921.
A journal article with 3 authors
Furman, J.L., Murray, F., Stern, S., 2010. More for the research dollar. Nature 468, 757–758.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tildesley, M.J., Savill, N.J., Shaw, D.J., Deardon, R., Brooks, S.P., Woolhouse, M.E.J., Grenfell, B.T., Keeling, M.J., 2006. Optimal reactive vaccination strategies for a foot-and-mouth outbreak in the UK. Nature 440, 83–86.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brenner, I.R., 2010. How to Survive a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, West Sussex, UK.
An edited book
Campbell, G. (Ed.), 2016. Early Exchange between Africa and the Wider Indian Ocean World, Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Yajima, N., Imamura, T., Izutsu, N., Abe, T., 2009. Planetary Ballooning, in: Imamura, T., Izutsu, N., Yajima, N. (Eds.), Scientific Ballooning: Technology and Applications of Exploration Balloons Floating in the Stratosphere and the Atmospheres of Other Planets. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 173–193.

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
Hamilton, K., 2014. Your Brain on Coffee [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, 2009. High Speed Passenger Rail: Future Development Will Depend on Addressing Financial and Other Challenges and Establishing a Clear Federal Role (No. GAO-09-317). 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
Becker, M., 2017. Women’s Descriptions Six Months Post Notification of Positive BRCA 1/2 Genetic Mutations (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Kishkovsky, S., 2010. David Sarkisyan, 62, Moscow Preservationist. New York Times A25.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bhutta, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Bhutta, 2014; Foster and Vance, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Foster and Vance, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Tildesley 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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