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
Bennett, V. C.: Geophysics. Probing the mantle past, Science, 335(6072), 1051–1052, 2012.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pucadyil, T. J. and Schmid, S. L.: Conserved functions of membrane active GTPases in coated vesicle formation, Science, 325(5945), 1217–1220, 2009.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jones, B. F., Wuchty, S. and Uzzi, B.: Multi-university research teams: shifting impact, geography, and stratification in science, Science, 322(5905), 1259–1262, 2008.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Diggle, S. P., Griffin, A. S., Campbell, G. S. and West, S. A.: Cooperation and conflict in quorum-sensing bacterial populations, Nature, 450(7168), 411–414, 2007.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Berntsen, E. S. and Thompson, J.: A Guide to Starting Your Hedge Fund, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK., 2015.
An edited book
Chambrone, L., Ed.: Evidence-Based Periodontal and Peri-Implant Plastic Surgery: A Clinical Roadmap from Function to Aesthetics, Springer International Publishing, Cham., 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Schanz, D. and Schanz, S.: Tax Facts, in Business Taxation and Financial Decisions, edited by S. Schanz, pp. 137–158, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg., 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
Andrew, E.: Habit Could Explain Poor Eating Decisions Made By Anorexics, IFLScience [online] Available from: (Accessed 30 October 2018), 2015.


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: Aviation Safety: FAA Action Plan for Chicago O’Hare International Airport, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC., 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Primeaux, S. J.: The Role of Education, Empathy, and Psychological Flexibility in Implicit and Explicit Mental Health Stigma, Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA., 2014.

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
Blinder, A.: Dead Children, a Crumpled Bus and a Dazed City, New York Times, 22nd November, A12, 2016.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bennett, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Bennett, 2012; Pucadyil and Schmid, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Pucadyil and Schmid, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Diggle et al., 2007)

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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