How to format your references using the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 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
Collins, F. S.: Research agenda. Opportunities for research and NIH, Science, 327, 36–37, 2010.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wang, J. and Feringa, B. L.: Dynamic control of chiral space in a catalytic asymmetric reaction using a molecular motor, Science, 331, 1429–1432, 2011.
A journal article with 3 authors
Persha, L., Agrawal, A., and Chhatre, A.: Social and ecological synergy: local rulemaking, forest livelihoods, and biodiversity conservation, Science, 331, 1606–1608, 2011.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Rakhilin, S. V., Olson, P. A., Nishi, A., Starkova, N. N., Fienberg, A. A., Nairn, A. C., Surmeier, D. J., and Greengard, P.: A network of control mediated by regulator of calcium/calmodulin-dependent signaling, Science, 306, 698–701, 2004.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Barone, S. and Franco, E. L.: Statistical and Managerial Techniques for Six Sigma Methodology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2012.
An edited book
Vlodaver, Z., Wilson, R. F., and Garry, D. J. (Eds.): Coronary Heart Disease: Clinical, Pathological, Imaging, and Molecular Profiles, Springer US, Boston, MA, XVI, 540 p pp., 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Juan-Albarracín, J., Fuster-Garcia, E., and García-Gómez, J. M.: An Online Platform for the Automatic Reporting of Multi-parametric Tissue Signatures: A Case Study in Glioblastoma, in: Brainlesion: Glioma, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injuries: Second International Workshop, BrainLes 2016, with the Challenges on BRATS, ISLES and mTOP 2016, Held in Conjunction with MICCAI 2016, Athens, Greece, October 17, 2016, Revised Selected Papers, edited by: Crimi, A., Menze, B., Maier, O., Reyes, M., Winzeck, S., and Handels, H., Springer International Publishing, Cham, 43–51, 2016.

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 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Blog post
How Planet Earth’s Ice-Skating Flamingos Collectively Get ‘In The Mood’ For Sex:, last access: 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: Federal Communications Commission’s Effort To Implement the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1975.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Neilson, D. H.: Structured interactions and collective outcomes essays on production and finance, Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University, New York, NY, 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, C.: Good Customers, Bad Bill Payers, New York Times, 17th December, B8, 2009.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Collins, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Collins, 2010; Wang and Feringa, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Wang and Feringa, 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Rakhilin et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics
AbbreviationAtmos. Chem. Phys.
ISSN (print)1680-7316
ISSN (online)1680-7324
ScopeAtmospheric Science

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