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
Teitelbaum, M.S., 2008. Research funding. Structural disequilibria in biomedical research. Science 321, 644–645.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gao, K.Q., Shubin, N.H., 2001. Late Jurassic salamanders from northern China. Nature 410, 574–577.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rogers, J.A., Lagally, M.G., Nuzzo, R.G., 2011. Synthesis, assembly and applications of semiconductor nanomembranes. Nature 477, 45–53.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Samanta, M.P., Tongprasit, W., Istrail, S., Cameron, R.A., Tu, Q., Davidson, E.H., Stolc, V., 2006. The transcriptome of the sea urchin embryo. Science 314, 960–962.

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, 2008. Guidelines for Chemical Transportation Safety, Security, and Risk Management. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Mohammadpour, J., Scherer, C.W. (Eds.), 2012. Control of Linear Parameter Varying Systems with Applications. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Müller, N., Müller, J., 2016. Giardia, in: Walochnik, J., Duchêne, M. (Eds.), Molecular Parasitology: Protozoan Parasites and Their Molecules. Springer, Vienna, pp. 93–114.

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, A., 2016. Electrons Are Mysteriously Accelerated At The Edge Our Planet’s Magnetosphere [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, 2008. Digital Television Transition: Implementation of the Converter Box Subsidy Program Is Under Way, but Preparedness to Manage an Increase in Subsidy Demand Is Unclear (No. GAO-08-1040). 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
Mathew, J., 2008. Examining the relationship between secondary school head teachers’ leadership and teachers’ satisfaction in Kerala, India (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Pilon, M., 2014. Decision Is Annulled, Exonerating Officials. New York Times B12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Teitelbaum, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Gao and Shubin, 2001; Teitelbaum, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Gao and Shubin, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Samanta 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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