How to format your references using the Atmospheric Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Atmospheric 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.
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
Donath, J., 2007. Computer science. Virtually trustworthy. Science 317, 53–54.
A journal article with 2 authors
Nadeau, R.M., Dolenc, D., 2005. Nonvolcanic tremors deep beneath the San Andreas Fault. Science 307, 389.
A journal article with 3 authors
Neale, M.J., Pan, J., Keeney, S., 2005. Endonucleolytic processing of covalent protein-linked DNA double-strand breaks. Nature 436, 1053–1057.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gavrilova, O., Marcus-Samuels, B., Leon, L.R., Vinson, C., Reitman, M.L., 2000. Leptin and diabetes in lipoatrophic mice. Nature 403, 850; discussion 850-1.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kaszeta, D., 2012. CBRN and Hazmat Incidents at Major Public Events. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Rodriguez, M.A., Walters, R.S., Burke, T.W. (Eds.), 2013. 60 Years of Survival Outcomes at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Mahon, J.E., 2016. Abortion and the Right to Not Be Pregnant, in: Fives, A., Breen, K. (Eds.), Philosophy and Political Engagement: Reflection in the Public Sphere. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp. 57–77.

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 Research.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Bug Burgers, Anyone? Why We’re Opening The UK’s First Insect Restaurant [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, 2014. NASA: Actions Needed to Improve Transparency and Assess Long-Term Affordability of Human Exploration Programs (No. GAO-14-385). 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
Ladendorff, M.Z., 2014. The effect of North American Electric Reliability Corporation critical infrastructure protection standards on bulk electric system reliability (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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., 1998. Miss. Loves Nev. New York Times 732.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Donath, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Donath, 2007; Nadeau and Dolenc, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Nadeau and Dolenc, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Gavrilova et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleAtmospheric Research
AbbreviationAtmos. Res.
ISSN (print)0169-8095
ScopeAtmospheric Science

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