How to format your references using the Atmospheric Pollution Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Atmospheric Pollution Research. 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
MacWilliams, B., 2001. It’s a dog’s life for Siberian foxes. Nature 412, 845.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pelkmans, L., Zerial, M., 2005. Kinase-regulated quantal assemblies and kiss-and-run recycling of caveolae. Nature 436, 128–133.
A journal article with 3 authors
Roy, S., Hsiung, F., Kornberg, T.B., 2011. Specificity of Drosophila cytonemes for distinct signaling pathways. Science 332, 354–358.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Marvier, M., Carrière, Y., Ellstrand, N., Gepts, P., Kareiva, P., Rosi-Marshall, E., Tabashnik, B.E., Wolfenbarger, L.L., 2008. Ecology. Harvesting data from genetically engineered crops. Science 320, 452–453.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hanzo, L., Liew, T.H., Yeap, B.L., 2005. Turbo Coding, Turbo Equalisation and Space-Time Coding. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Chapple, D.G. (Ed.), 2016. New Zealand Lizards. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Petters, A.O., Dong, X., 2016. Capital Market Theory and Portfolio Risk Measures, in: Dong, X. (Ed.), An Introduction to Mathematical Finance with Applications: Understanding and Building Financial Intuition, Springer Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics and Technology. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 151–208.

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 Pollution Research.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J., 2017. Mars May Have Had A Ridiculous Amount Of Water [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, 2005. National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Long-standing Financial Management Challenges Threaten the Agency’s Ability to Manage Its Programs (No. GAO-06-216T). 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
Chan, B.K., 2017. Hyperboloid-Parameterized Description of Diffusive Superconducting-Magnetic Hybrid Systems (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Baker, L., 2007. The Complexities of Keeping It Small and Simple. New York Times F10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (MacWilliams, 2001).
This sentence cites two references (MacWilliams, 2001; Pelkmans and Zerial, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Pelkmans and Zerial, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Marvier et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleAtmospheric Pollution Research
AbbreviationAtmos. Pollut. Res.
ISSN (print)1309-1042
ScopeAtmospheric Science
Waste Management and Disposal

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