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
Chast, F., 2006. Obituary: Pierre Potier (1934-2006). Nature 440, 291.
A journal article with 2 authors
Byrne, S., Ingersoll, A.P., 2003. A sublimation model for martian south polar ice features. Science 299, 1051–1053.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dwyer, C.A., Stevenson, D.J., Nimmo, F., 2011. A long-lived lunar dynamo driven by continuous mechanical stirring. Nature 479, 212–214.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Han, H.-J., Russo, J., Kohwi, Y., Kohwi-Shigematsu, T., 2008. SATB1 reprogrammes gene expression to promote breast tumour growth and metastasis. Nature 452, 187–193.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Negre, E., 2015. Information and Recommender Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Sonnenberg, H., 2011. Lean Innovation: A Fast Path from Knowledge to Value. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Collins, M.J., 2010. Supporting Discussions, in: Hassell, J., Anglin, S., Beckner, M., Buckingham, E., Cornell, G., Gennick, J., Lowman, M., Moodie, M., Parkes, D., Pepper, J., Pohlmann, F., Pundick, D., Renow-Clarke, B., Shakeshaft, D., Wade, M., Welsh, T., Collins, C., Larson, D. (Eds.), Pro Project Management with SharePoint 2010. Apress, Berkeley, CA, pp. 59–80.

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, D., 2016. We Need To Talk About The Bad Science Being Funded [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, 1999. Federal Research Grants: Compensation Paid to Graduate Students at the University of California (No. OSI-99-8). 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
Almasaari, A.H., 2017. Arab American women’s identity crises in Mohja Kahf’s “The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf” and Laila Halaby’s “West of the Jordan” (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
Kelly, M., 1994. The President’s Past. New York Times 620.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chast, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Byrne and Ingersoll, 2003; Chast, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Byrne and Ingersoll, 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Han et al., 2008)

About the journal

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

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