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
Rishbeth, H., 2002. High above the Earth. Nature 418, 23.
A journal article with 2 authors
Najemnik, J., Geisler, W.S., 2005. Optimal eye movement strategies in visual search. Nature 434, 387–391.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nozaki, T., Kato, Y., Suzuki, K., 2013. Late Jurassic ocean anoxic event: evidence from voluminous sulphide deposition and preservation in the Panthalassa. Sci. Rep. 3, 1889.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhong, Z., Liang, S., Sanchez-Lopez, E., He, F., Shalapour, S., Lin, X.-J., Wong, J., Ding, S., Seki, E., Schnabl, B., Hevener, A.L., Greenberg, H.B., Kisseleva, T., Karin, M., 2018. New mitochondrial DNA synthesis enables NLRP3 inflammasome activation. Nature 560, 198–203.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lavagnini, I., Magno, F., Seraglia, R., Traldi, P., 2006. Quantitative Applications of Mass Spectrometry. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Antona, M., Stephanidis, C. (Eds.), 2016. Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Interaction Techniques and Environments: 10th International Conference, UAHCI 2016, Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 17-22, 2016, Proceedings, Part II, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Li, P., Fang, S.-C., 2010. Chebyshev Approximation of Inconsistent Fuzzy Relational Equations with Max-T Composition, in: Lodwick, W.A., Kacprzyk, J. (Eds.), Fuzzy Optimization: Recent Advances and Applications, Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 109–124.

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
Fang, J., 2015. The Days on Saturn Just Got Shorter [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, 1982. NASA Must Reconsider Operations Pricing Policy To Compensate for Cost Growth on the Space Transportation System (No. MASAD-82-15). 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
Goldgof, G.M., 2017. Drug Target Discovery Using Designer Drug Sensitive Yeast (Doctoral dissertation). University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA.

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
Wagner, J., 2017. DeGrom, a Mets Constant in This Season’s Rotation, Stymies the Giants. New York Times SP4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Rishbeth, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Najemnik and Geisler, 2005; Rishbeth, 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Najemnik and Geisler, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhong et al., 2018)

About the journal

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

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