How to format your references using the American Journal of Climate Change citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for American Journal of Climate Change (AJCC). 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Kemp, M. (2001) The harmonious hand. Marin Mersenne and the science of memorized music. Nature. 409 (6821), 666.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pack, C.C. and Born, R.T. (2001) Temporal dynamics of a neural solution to the aperture problem in visual area MT of macaque brain. Nature. 409 (6823), 1040–1042.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pelkmans, L., Püntener, D., and Helenius, A. (2002) Local actin polymerization and dynamin recruitment in SV40-induced internalization of caveolae. Science (New York, N.Y.). 296 (5567), 535–539.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Dye, C., Williams, B.G., Espinal, M.A., and Raviglione, M.C. (2002) Erasing the world’s slow stain: strategies to beat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Science (New York, N.Y.). 295 (5562), 2042–2046.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kim, Y.-H. (2010) Sound Propagation. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Besold, T.R., Schorlemmer, M., and Smaill, A., Eds. (2015) Computational Creativity Research: Towards Creative Machines. Atlantis Press, Paris.
A chapter in an edited book
Bradley, J., Bradley, M.D., and Colvin, J. (2016) Which Universal Service Obligation Attributes Do Americans Value? in: M. Crew, T.J. Brennan (Eds.), The Future of the Postal Sector in a Digital World, Springer International Publishing, Champp. 59–74.

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 American Journal of Climate Change.

Blog post
Davis, J. (2017) Evidence Of Some Of South America’s Earliest Modern Humans Found Under Pyramid In Peru. IFLScience.


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) Compensatory Education: Chapter 1’s Comparability of Services Provision. 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
Bourne, B.B. (2009) Phenomenological study of response to organizational change: Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2009.

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
Kelly, M. (1994) The President’s Past. New York Times. 620.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleAmerican Journal of Climate Change
AbbreviationAm. J. Clim. Change
ISSN (print)2167-9495
ISSN (online)2167-9509

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