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
King, G., 2011. Ensuring the data-rich future of the social sciences. Science 331, 719–721.
A journal article with 2 authors
De Francesco, R., Migliaccio, G., 2005. Challenges and successes in developing new therapies for hepatitis C. Nature 436, 953–960.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hayes, M., Scarlata, C., Siana, B., 2011. Central powering of the largest Lyman-α nebula is revealed by polarized radiation. Nature 476, 304–307.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Marinov, I., Gnanadesikan, A., Toggweiler, J.R., Sarmiento, J.L., 2006. The Southern Ocean biogeochemical divide. Nature 441, 964–967.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sarker, D.K., 2013. Pharmaceutical Emulsions. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Jin, D., Lin, S. (Eds.), 2012. Advances in Mechanical and Electronic Engineering: Volume 2, Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Lousame, F.P., Sánchez, E., 2009. A Taxonomy of Collaborative-Based Recommender Systems, in: Castellano, G., Jain, L.C., Fanelli, A.M. (Eds.), Web Personalization in Intelligent Environments, Studies in Computational Intelligence. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 81–117.

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. No, The CDC Did Not Apologize And Say The Flu Vaccine Doesn’t Work [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, 1989. Traffic Congestion: Federal Efforts to Improve Mobility (No. PEMD-90-2). 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
Bai, S., 2008. Identification and Characterization of Senescence-Associated Proteins in Petunia Corollas (Doctoral dissertation). Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Kelly, S., 1994. CHILDREN’S BOOKS. New York Times 714.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (King, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (De Francesco and Migliaccio, 2005; King, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (De Francesco and Migliaccio, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Marinov et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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