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
Meyer, R., 2012. Finding the true value of US climate science. Nature 482, 133.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bergman, R., Swenson, J., 2000. Dynamics of supercooled water in confined geometry. Nature 403, 283–286.
A journal article with 3 authors
Richards-Dinger, K., Stein, R.S., Toda, S., 2010. Decay of aftershock density with distance does not indicate triggering by dynamic stress. Nature 467, 583–586.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Anderegg, W.R.L., Konings, A.G., Trugman, A.T., Yu, K., Bowling, D.R., Gabbitas, R., Karp, D.S., Pacala, S., Sperry, J.S., Sulman, B.N., Zenes, N., 2018. Hydraulic diversity of forests regulates ecosystem resilience during drought. Nature 561, 538–541.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Suárez, A., 2008. Analysis and Design of Autonomous Microwave Circuits. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Laurila, T., 2012. Interfacial Compatibility in Microelectronics: Moving Away from the Trial and Error Approach, Microsystems. Springer, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Mohanty, S.K., 2014. Environmentally Sensitive Goods in India’s Trade: Emerging Challenges and Prospects, in: Das, K. (Ed.), Globalization and Standards: Issues and Challenges in Indian Business, India Studies in Business and Economics. Springer India, New Delhi, pp. 61–100.

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
Andrews, R., 2016. Something Just Put A Dent In One Of Saturn’s Rings [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, 1994. Electronic Surveillance: Technologies Continue to Pose Challenges (No. T-AIMD-94-173). 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
Foster, R.L., 2016. The Perceptions of Language Minority Parents Regarding Informed Consent in the Special Education Process (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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. High-Fives, Not High Reps. 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 (Meyer, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Bergman and Swenson, 2000; Meyer, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Bergman and Swenson, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Anderegg et al., 2018)

About the journal

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

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