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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Csatho, B. M.: Climate science: A history of Greenland’s ice loss, Nature, 528, 341–343, 2015.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yoo, B. C. and Lubec, G.: p25 protein in neurodegeneration, Nature, 411, 763–4; discussion 764-5, 2001.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pelkmans, L., Püntener, D., and Helenius, A.: Local actin polymerization and dynamin recruitment in SV40-induced internalization of caveolae, Science, 296, 535–539, 2002.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Tamura, A., Ikeda, G., Seo, J.-H., Tsuchiya, K., Yajima, H., Sasaki, Y., Akiyoshi, K., and Yui, N.: Molecular logistics using cytocleavable polyrotaxanes for the reactivation of enzymes delivered in living cells, Sci. Rep., 3, 2252, 2013.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dudbridge, M.: Handbook of Seal Integrity in the Food Industry, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2016.
An edited book
Lima, R., Imai, Y., Ishikawa, T., and Oliveira, M. S. N. (Eds.): Visualization and Simulation of Complex Flows in Biomedical Engineering, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, VIII, 240 p. 111 illus pp., 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Balzer, K. and Bonitz, M.: Computation of Equilibrium States and Time-Propagation, in: Nonequilibrium Green’s Functions Approach to Inhomogeneous Systems, edited by: Bonitz, M., Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 55–71, 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 Discussions.

Blog post
E-Cigarettes “Around 95% Less Harmful” Than Regular Smoking:, 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 Research and Development: Contributions to and Results of the Small Business Technology Transfer Program, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2001.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Fulton, E.: Differential effects of nicotine on prospective memory, sustained attention, and working memory, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2010.

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.: Case Reopens Abortion Issue for Justices, New York Times, 29th November, A21, 2005.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Csatho, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Csatho, 2015; Yoo and Lubec, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Yoo and Lubec, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Tamura et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions
AbbreviationAtmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.
ISSN (online)1680-7375

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