How to format your references using the Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Guthrie, R. D.: New carbon dates link climatic change with human colonization and Pleistocene extinctions, Nature, 441, 207–209, 2006.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bernstein, A. and Rossant, J.: Anthony James Pawson (1952-2013), Nature, 501, 168, 2013.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jin, Z., Li, P., and Xiao, D.: Enhanced electrocatalytic performance for oxygen reduction via active interfaces of layer-by-layered titanium nitride/titanium carbonitride structures, Sci. Rep., 4, 6712, 2014.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Blight, S. K., Larue, R. C., Mahapatra, A., Longstaff, D. G., Chang, E., Zhao, G., Kang, P. T., Green-Church, K. B., Chan, M. K., and Krzycki, J. A.: Direct charging of tRNA(CUA) with pyrrolysine in vitro and in vivo, Nature, 431, 333–335, 2004.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pietersen, W.: Strategic Learning, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
David, K., Geihs, K., Leimeister, J. M., Roßnagel, A., Schmidt, L., Stumme, G., and Wacker, A. (Eds.): Socio-technical Design of Ubiquitous Computing Systems, Springer International Publishing, Cham, X, 353 p. 75 illus., 26 illus. in color pp., 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Smith, G. F.: The Generation Of Integrity Bases, in: Non-linear Continuum Theories in Mechanics and Physics and their Applications, edited by: Rilvil, R. S., Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 311–351, 2011.

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 Measurement Techniques Discussions.

Blog post
Cancer Drug Promises To Break Down Barrier To HIV Cure:, last access: 30 October 2018.


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: Space Transportation: NASA Has No Firm Need for Increasingly Costly Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Arntson, J. D.: Heidegger and disclosive rhetoric: Two divergent paths in immanence and transcendence, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2015.

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
Gordon, M. R.: Iran’s Master Of Iraq Chaos Still Vexes U.S, New York Times, 3rd October, A1, 2012.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Guthrie, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Guthrie, 2006; Bernstein and Rossant, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Bernstein and Rossant, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Blight et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleAtmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions
AbbreviationAtmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss.
ISSN (online)1867-8610
ScopeAtmospheric Science

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