How to format your references using the Atmosphere citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Atmosphere. 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
Buratowski, S. Transcription. Gene Expression--Where to Start? Science 2008, 322, 1804–1805.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mesmin, B.; Antonny, B. Cell Biology. Vitamin Currency in a Lipid Exchange Market. Science 2013, 340, 1051–1052.
A journal article with 3 authors
Boudvillain, M.; de Lencastre, A.; Pyle, A.M. A Tertiary Interaction That Links Active-Site Domains to the 5’ Splice Site of a Group II Intron. Nature 2000, 406, 315–318.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zha, Z.; Wang, J.; Qu, E.; Zhang, S.; Jin, Y.; Wang, S.; Dai, Z. Polypyrrole Hollow Microspheres as Echogenic Photothermal Agent for Ultrasound Imaging Guided Tumor Ablation. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 2360.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cabaniss, D.L.; Cherry, S.; Douglas, C.J.; Graver, R.L.; Schwartz, A.R. Psychodynamic Formulation; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2013; ISBN 9781118557181.
An edited book
Handbook of Family Resilience; Becvar, D.S., Ed.; Springer: New York, NY, 2013; ISBN 9781461437994.
A chapter in an edited book
Kendoul, F. Towards a Unified Framework for UAS Autonomy and Technology Readiness Assessment (ATRA). In Autonomous Control Systems and Vehicles: Intelligent Unmanned Systems; Nonami, K., Kartidjo, M., Yoon, K.-J., Budiyono, A., Eds.; Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering; Springer Japan: Tokyo, 2013; pp. 55–71 ISBN 9784431542759.

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 Atmosphere.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. Say Hello To Earth 2.0! Historic Kepler Discovery Suggests We Are Not Alone Available online: (accessed on 30 October 2018).


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 Better Management Needed in Automating the Federal Judiciary; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1981;

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Cole Jackson, M. National School Reform: The Benefits of Civility and Ethics Instruction. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2015.

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
Wagner, J. Reinvigorated Astros Finish a Sweep of the Mets. New York Times 2017, D3.

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 titleAtmosphere
AbbreviationAtmosphere (Basel)
ISSN (online)2073-4433
ScopeAtmospheric Science
Environmental Science (miscellaneous)

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