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
Perepezko, J.H., 2009. Materials science. The hotter the engine, the better. Science 326, 1068–1069.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rivera, M.C., Lake, J.A., 2004. The ring of life provides evidence for a genome fusion origin of eukaryotes. Nature 431, 152–155.
A journal article with 3 authors
Efremov, R.G., Baradaran, R., Sazanov, L.A., 2010. The architecture of respiratory complex I. Nature 465, 441–445.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Reddy, K.L., Zullo, J.M., Bertolino, E., Singh, H., 2008. Transcriptional repression mediated by repositioning of genes to the nuclear lamina. Nature 452, 243–247.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Law, H., 2013. The Psychology of Coaching, Mentoring and Learning. John Wiley & Sons, Oxford.
An edited book
Cockburn, J., Pawson, M.E. (Eds.), 2007. Psychological Challenges in Obstetrics and Gynecology: The Clinical Management. Springer, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Kutsch, W.L., Hörmann, G., Kappen, L., 2008. Carbon and Energy Balances of Different Ecosystems and Ecosystem Complexes of the Bornhöved Lake District, in: Fränzle, O., Kappen, L., Blume, H.-P., Dierssen, K. (Eds.), Ecosystem Organization of a Complex Landscape: Long-Term Research in the Bornhöved Lake District, Germany, Ecological Studies. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 83–99.

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. “Dead Hearts” Successfully Transplanted For The First Time [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, 1973. Narcotic Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Programs in New York City (No. B-166217). 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
George, K.G., 2017. Revisiting “The Blue Line Blues”: Transit-Oriented Development in Inner-City Areas of Los Angeles County, 2000-2016 (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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. The Mets Find Progress, And Hope for Montero, In a Sweep of the Giants. New York Times D2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Perepezko, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Perepezko, 2009; Rivera and Lake, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Rivera and Lake, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Reddy et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

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