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
Widera, A., 2015. Physics. A walk across a quantum lattice. Science 347, 1200–1201.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chen, Z.-H., Schaap, P., 2012. The prokaryote messenger c-di-GMP triggers stalk cell differentiation in Dictyostelium. Nature 488, 680–683.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chakraborty, S., Yanchulova, P., Thiemens, M.H., 2013. Mass-independent oxygen isotopic partitioning during gas-phase SiO2 formation. Science 342, 463–466.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Sutton, M.D., Briggs, D.E.G., Siveter, David J., Siveter, Derek J., 2005. Silurian brachiopods with soft-tissue preservation. Nature 436, 1013–1015.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety, 2010. Guidelines for Acquisition Evaluation and Post Merger Integration. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Greve, A., 2010. Thermal Design and Thermal Behaviour of Radio Telescopes and their Enclosures, Astrophysics and Space Science Library. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Ploemacher, R.E., 2006. In Vivo Homing and Regeneration of Freshly Isolated and Cultured Murine Mesenchymal Stem Cells, in: Nolta, J.A. (Ed.), Genetic Engineering of Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 81–92.

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
Carpineti, C., 2017. This Incredible Futuristic Hoverbike Is Like Something Straight Out Of Star Wars [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, 2006. Space Acquisitions: DOD Needs Additional Knowledge as it Embarks on a New Approach for Transformational Satellite Communications System (No. GAO-06-537). 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
Augspurger, B.A., 2014. Teacher Perceptions of Effective School Leadership Using Twenty-first Century Skills and Knowledge (Doctoral dissertation). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO.

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
Stewart, J.B., 2017. Twilight of the Guru. New York Times B1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Widera, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Chen and Schaap, 2012; Widera, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Chen and Schaap, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Sutton et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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