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
Collier, R.J., 2010. Microbiology. Salmonella’s safety catch. Science 328, 981–982.
A journal article with 2 authors
Finch, C.E., Crimmins, E.M., 2004. Inflammatory exposure and historical changes in human life-spans. Science 305, 1736–1739.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hoffmann, K.F., Brindley, P.J., Berriman, M., 2014. Medicine. Halting harmful helminths. Science 346, 168–169.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Bradshaw, G.A., Schore, A.N., Brown, J.L., Poole, J.H., Moss, C.J., 2005. Elephant breakdown. Nature 433, 807.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Unhelkar, B., 2005. Verification and Validation for Quality of UML 2.0 Models. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Bilbao, J.I., Reiser, M.F. (Eds.), 2014. Liver Radioembolization with 90Y Microspheres, 2nd ed. 2014. ed, Medical Radiology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Chrysikou, E., 2016. Inclusive Design and Mental Health: Policy and Legislation Challenges from the Perspective of Social Inclusion, in: Langdon, P., Lazar, J., Heylighen, A., Dong, H. (Eds.), Designing Around People: CWUAAT 2016. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 33–42.

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
Andrew, D., 2016. First Working Eggs Made From Stem Cells Points To Fertility Breakthrough [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. Highway Safety: Preliminary Observations on Efforts to Implement Changes in the Highway Safety Improvement Program Since SAFETEA-LU (No. GAO-08-1015T). 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
Pundir, B., 2011. Surface pressure fluctuations due to an impinging underexpanded supersonic jet (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL.

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
Billard, M., 2010. Winning Recruits. New York Times E9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Collier, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Collier, 2010; Finch and Crimmins, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Finch and Crimmins, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Bradshaw et al., 2005)

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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