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
Smaglik, P.: A demanding world, Nature, 424, 109, 2003.
A journal article with 2 authors
Stocker, T. F. and Plattner, G.-K.: Climate policy: Rethink IPCC reports, Nature, 513, 163–165, 2014.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wittkopp, P. J., Haerum, B. K., and Clark, A. G.: Evolutionary changes in cis and trans gene regulation, Nature, 430, 85–88, 2004.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Sanderson, S. L., Cheer, A. Y., Goodrich, J. S., Graziano, J. D., and Callan, W. T.: Crossflow filtration in suspension-feeding fishes, Nature, 412, 439–441, 2001.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kothari, V.: Credit Derivatives and Structured Credit Trading, John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd., 2 Clementi Loop, #02-01, Singapore 129809, 2008.
An edited book
Bose, P., Gąsieniec, L. A., Römer, K., and Wattenhofer, R. (Eds.): Algorithms for Sensor Systems: 11th International Symposium on Algorithms and Experiments for Wireless Sensor Networks, ALGOSENSORS 2015, Patras, Greece, September 17-18, 2015, Revised Selected Papers, 1st ed. 2015., Springer International Publishing, Cham, XIV, 225 p. 19 illus. in color pp., 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Grange, T. and Lourenço, E. E.: Mechanisms of Epigenetic Gene Activation in Disease: Dynamics of DNA Methylation and Demethylation, in: Epigenetic Aspects of Chronic Diseases, edited by: Roach, H. I., Bronner, F., and Oreffo, R. O. C., Springer, London, 55–73, 2011.

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
Preschoolers Know If You Owe Them Something, According To Psychologists:, 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: Safe Routes to School: Progress in Implementing the Program, but a Comprehensive Plan to Evaluate Program Outcomes Is Needed, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Anderson, D.: Chamber Music in Early Piano Study: A Guide to Repertoire, Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

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.: IN REVERSAL OF COURSE, JUSTICES, 5-4, BACK BAN ON ABORTION METHOD, New York Times, 19th April, A1, 2007.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Smaglik, 2003; Stocker and Plattner, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Stocker and Plattner, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Sanderson et al., 2001)

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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