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
Pielke, R.A., Jr, 2002. Science policy: policy, politics and perspective. Nature 416, 367–368.
A journal article with 2 authors
Miguel, M.-C., Zapperi, S., 2006. Materials science. Fluctuations in plasticity at the microscale. Science 312, 1149–1150.
A journal article with 3 authors
Savaldi-Goldstein, S., Peto, C., Chory, J., 2007. The epidermis both drives and restricts plant shoot growth. Nature 446, 199–202.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Duncan, R.R., Greaves, J., Wiegand, U.K., Matskevich, I., Bodammer, G., Apps, D.K., Shipston, M.J., Chow, R.H., 2003. Functional and spatial segregation of secretory vesicle pools according to vesicle age. Nature 422, 176–180.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Garduno Barrera, D., Diaz, M., 2011. Communicating Systems with UML 2. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Andresen, K., Steen, B. van der (Eds.), 2016. A European Youth Revolt: European Perspectives on Youth Protest and Social Movements in the 1980s, Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London.
A chapter in an edited book
van Dijk, E., de Cremer, D., Mulder, L.B., Stouten, J., 2008. How Do We React to Feedback in Social Dilemmas?, in: Biel, A., Eek, D., Gärling, T., Gustafsson, M. (Eds.), New Issues and Paradigms in Research on Social Dilemmas. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 43–56.

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., 2016. We Could Prevent Millions Of Cancer Deaths Each Year With Knowledge We Already Have [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, 1987. Risk and Control of the Software Maintenance Process (No. 132203). 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
Stangl, B.L., 2010. The mediation of cognitive task performance in post-menopausal women: An examination of the effects of DHEA upon cognition (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Greenhouse, L., 2006. Supreme Court to Weigh Award in a Smoker’s Death. New York Times C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pielke, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Miguel and Zapperi, 2006; Pielke, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Miguel and Zapperi, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Duncan et al., 2003)

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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