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
Blaxter, M.: Genetics. Revealing the dark matter of the genome, Science, 330(6012), 1758–1759, 2010.
A journal article with 2 authors
Herrera, A. M. and Cohn, M. J.: Embryonic origin and compartmental organization of the external genitalia, Sci. Rep., 4, 6896, 2014.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tupler, R., Perini, G. and Green, M. R.: Expressing the human genome, Nature, 409(6822), 832–833, 2001.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Vargas-Perez, H., Ting-A Kee, R., Walton, C. H., Hansen, D. M., Razavi, R., Clarke, L., Bufalino, M. R., Allison, D. W., Steffensen, S. C. and van der Kooy, D.: Ventral tegmental area BDNF induces an opiate-dependent-like reward state in naive rats, Science, 324(5935), 1732–1734, 2009.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Promislow, S. D.: Fundamentals of Actuarial Mathematics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK., 2010.
An edited book
Turri, J., Ed.: Virtuous Thoughts: The Philosophy of Ernest Sosa, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht., 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Alpay, Ş. and Orhon, M.: Characterization of Riesz Spaces with Topologically Full Center, in Ordered Structures and Applications: Positivity VII (Zaanen Centennial Conference), 22-26 July 2013, Leiden, the Netherlands, edited by M. de Jeu, B. de Pagter, O. van Gaans, and M. Veraar, pp. 35–49, Springer International Publishing, Cham., 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
Luntz, S.: Previously Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Initiated Contact After Being Attacked By Illegal Loggers And Drug Traffickers, IFLScience [online] Available from: (Accessed 30 October 2018), 2014.


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: Railroad Regulation: Changes in Railroad Rates and Service Quality Since 1990, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC., 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
DeSpain, L.: The relationship between police supervisor training and job satisfaction levels as reported by patrol officers, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ., 2008.

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
Rothenberg, B.: Young Stars Climb Rankings, Jolting Russia’s Dormant Men’s Game to Life, New York Times, 17th January, B9, 2017.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Blaxter, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Blaxter, 2010; Herrera and Cohn, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Herrera and Cohn, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Vargas-Perez et al., 2009)

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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