How to format your references using the Atmospheric Environment citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Atmospheric Environment. 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
Crickmore, M.A., 2009. GE Prize essay. The molecular basis of size differences. Science 326, 1360–1361.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yan, Y., Pennycook, S.J., 2000. Atomic structure of the quasicrystal Al72Ni20Co8. Nature 403, 266–267.
A journal article with 3 authors
Russo, R., Herrmann, H.J., de Arcangelis, L., 2014. Brain modularity controls the critical behavior of spontaneous activity. Sci. Rep. 4, 4312.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Marruzzo, A., Schirmacher, W., Fratalocchi, A., Ruocco, G., 2013. Heterogeneous shear elasticity of glasses: the origin of the boson peak. Sci. Rep. 3, 1407.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown, S.R., Gregory, W.M., Twelves, C., Brown, J., 2014. A Practical Guide to Designing Phase II Trials in Oncology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Yang, Y., Ma, M. (Eds.), 2013. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Green Communications and Networks 2012 (GCN 2012): Volume 4, Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Jeong, E., Kim, D., 2014. Detecting the Vibration in the Artificial Web Inspired by the Spider, in: Pobil, A.P. del, Chinellato, E., Martinez-Martin, E., Hallam, J., Cervera, E., Morales, A. (Eds.), From Animals to Animats 13: 13th International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, SAB 2014, Castellón, Spain, July 22-25, 2014. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 43–52.

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 Environment.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014. Could Dark Matter Be Made Up Of Miniscule Black Holes? [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1981. The Guaranteed Student Loan Information System Needs a Thorough Redesign To Account for the Expenditure of Billions (No. HRD-81-139). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Davenport, L.C., 2008. Behavior and ecology of the Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) in oxbow lakes of the Manú Biosphere Reserve, Perú (Doctoral dissertation). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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
Saslow, L., 2007. Suffolk Schools to Say Goodbye to DARE. New York Times 14LI2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Crickmore, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Crickmore, 2009; Yan and Pennycook, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Yan and Pennycook, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Marruzzo et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleAtmospheric Environment
AbbreviationAtmos. Environ. (1994)
ISSN (print)1352-2310
ScopeAtmospheric Science
General Environmental Science

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