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
Heisenberg, M.: Is free will an illusion?, Nature, 459, 164–165, 2009.
A journal article with 2 authors
Canfield, D. E. and Kump, L. R.: Geochemistry. Carbon cycle makeover, Science, 339, 533–534, 2013.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sugase, K., Dyson, H. J., and Wright, P. E.: Mechanism of coupled folding and binding of an intrinsically disordered protein, Nature, 447, 1021–1025, 2007.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Bousquet, E., Dawber, M., Stucki, N., Lichtensteiger, C., Hermet, P., Gariglio, S., Triscone, J.-M., and Ghosez, P.: Improper ferroelectricity in perovskite oxide artificial superlattices, Nature, 452, 732–736, 2008.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rosier, J. A., Martens, M. A., and Thomas, J. R.: Global New Drug Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
Zhang, L.: Time-Dependent Switched Discrete-Time Linear Systems: Control and Filtering, 1st ed. 2016., edited by: Zhu, Y., Shi, P., and Lu, Q., Springer International Publishing, Cham, XIV, 258 p. 72 illus., 49 illus. in color pp., 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Rosenberg, R., Gaul, S., Ford, W., and Tomilova, O.: Microcredit Interest Rates and Their Determinants: 2004–2011, in: Microfinance 3.0: Reconciling Sustainability with Social Outreach and Responsible Delivery, edited by: Köhn, D., Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 69–104, 2013.

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
Contractor Digs Up 14,000-Year-Old Mastodon Skeleton In Neighbor’s Backyard:, 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: Status of Budget Authority Involved in Three Rescissions, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1976.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Soma, V. M.: A particle filter methodology for salient object detection in videos, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2016.

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
Paulson, M.: Denver Weather? ‘Frozen,’ New York Times, 9th August, AR1, 2017.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Heisenberg, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Heisenberg, 2009; Canfield and Kump, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Canfield and Kump, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Bousquet et al., 2008)

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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