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
Krider, P.E., 2003. Atmospheric science. Deciphering the energetics of lightning. Science 299, 669–670.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tonkin, L.A., Bass, B.L., 2003. Mutations in RNAi rescue aberrant chemotaxis of ADAR mutants. Science 302, 1725.
A journal article with 3 authors
Conway, S.L., Shinbrot, T., Glasser, B.J., 2004. A Taylor vortex analogy in granular flows. Nature 431, 433–437.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Girst, S., Hable, V., Drexler, G.A., Greubel, C., Siebenwirth, C., Haum, M., Friedl, A.A., Dollinger, G., 2013. Subdiffusion supports joining of correct ends during repair of DNA double-strand breaks. Sci. Rep. 3, 2511.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cooney, K.A., Chappell, J.R., Callan, R.J., Connally, B.A., 2012. Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK.
An edited book
Shi, Y.Q., Kim, H.-J., Perez-Gonzalez, F. (Eds.), 2012. Digital Forensics and Watermarking: 10th International Workshop, IWDW 2011, Atlantic City, NY, October 23-26, 2011, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Díaz, I., Touriño, J., Doallo, R., 2007. Towards Low-Latency Model-Oriented Distributed Systems Management, in: Ata, S., Hong, C.S. (Eds.), Managing Next Generation Networks and Services: 10th Asia-Pacific Network Operations and Management Symposium, APNOMS 2007, Sapporo, Japan, October 10-12, 2007. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 41–50.

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., 2015. Watch Live As SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft Launches Toward ISS [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, 1976. Effectiveness and Morale of the Colorado Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (No. LCD-76-416). 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
Katukuri, J., 2012. Relationship Extraction and Link Discovery from Biomedical Literature (Doctoral dissertation). University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA.

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., Corasaniti, N., 2017. One Nation, Under Fox. New York Times A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Krider, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Krider, 2003; Tonkin and Bass, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Tonkin and Bass, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Girst 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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