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
Schmitz, R. J.: Genetics. The secret garden--epigenetic alleles underlie complex traits, Science, 343, 1082–1083, 2014.
A journal article with 2 authors
Falk, A. and Szech, N.: Morals and markets, Science, 340, 707–711, 2013.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rikkinen, J., Oksanen, I., and Lohtander, K.: Lichen guilds share related cyanobacterial symbionts, Science, 297, 357, 2002.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Yan, N., Zhou, X., Li, Y., Wang, F., Zhong, H., Wang, H., and Chen, Q.: Fe₂O₃ nanoparticles wrapped in multi-walled carbon nanotubes with enhanced lithium storage capability, Sci. Rep., 3, 3392, 2013.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Baher, H.: Signal Processing and Integrated Circuits, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2012.
An edited book
Whitting, D. A.: Hair Growth and Disorders, edited by: Blume-Peytavi, U., Tosti, A., and Trüeb, R. M., Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, XXVI, 564 p pp., 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Bosse, S.: Design and Simulation of a Low-Resource Processing Platform for Mobile Multi-agent Systems in Distributed Heterogeneous Networks, in: Agents and Artificial Intelligence: 6th International Conference, ICAART 2014, Angers, France, March 6-8, 2014, Revised Selected Papers, edited by: Duval, B., van den Herik, J., Loiseau, S., and Filipe, J., Springer International Publishing, Cham, 63–81, 2015.

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
Here’s The Real Reason Your Friend’s “Gluten-Free” Diet Might Be Making Them Feel Better:, 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: Resources, Community, and Economic Development Information Systems Issue Area: Active Assignments, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Yang, Y.: Statistical Analysis of cDNA Microarrays: A Systematic Approach to Identify MTF-1 Mediated Gene Expression Profile in Response to Cadmium, Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2003.

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
Koblin, J.: How Hulu And ‘Tale’ Revived 2 Careers, New York Times, 26th April, C1, 2017.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schmitz, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Schmitz, 2014; Falk and Szech, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Falk and Szech, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Yan 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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