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
Chandler, D., 2002. Hydrophobicity: two faces of water. Nature 417, 491.
A journal article with 2 authors
Taberlet, P., Cheddadi, R., 2002. Ecology. Quaternary refugia and persistence of biodiversity. Science 297, 2009–2010.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ash, C., Foley, J., Pennisi, E., 2008. Microbial ecology. Lost in microbial space. Special section introduction. Science 320, 1027.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Bao, A., Tao, H.-S., Liu, H.-D., Zhang, X., Liu, W.-M., 2014. Quantum magnetic phase transition in square-octagon lattice. Sci. Rep. 4, 6918.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Poltorak, A.I., Lerner, P.J., 2011. Essentials of Intellectual Property. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Gottlieb, J., Raidl, G.R. (Eds.), 2006. Evolutionary Computation in Combinatorial Optimization: 6th European Conference, EvoCOP 2006, Budapest, Hungary, April 10-12, 2006. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Barbosa, V.H., 2013. Nonscarring Alopecias, in: Alexis, A.F., Barbosa, V.H. (Eds.), Skin of Color: A Practical Guide to Dermatologic Diagnosis and Treatment. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 91–104.

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. Man Builds Gun That Folds And Fires Paper Airplanes [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, 1986. Selected Information on Bypass of Local Telephone Companies (No. RCED-86-100). 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
Errett, R., 2014. Acid Mine Drainage In The Big Muddy River Watershed (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Kanter, J., Kitsantonis, N., 2017. Tough Act to Follow. 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 (Chandler, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Chandler, 2002; Taberlet and Cheddadi, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Taberlet and Cheddadi, 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Bao 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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