How to format your references using the Atoms citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Atoms. 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
Rørth, P. Cell Biology. Reach out and Touch Someone. Science 2014, 343, 848–849.
A journal article with 2 authors
Liu, S.Q.; Cull-Candy, S.G. Synaptic Activity at Calcium-Permeable AMPA Receptors Induces a Switch in Receptor Subtype. Nature 2000, 405, 454–458.
A journal article with 3 authors
Waterhouse, P.M.; Wang, M.B.; Lough, T. Gene Silencing as an Adaptive Defence against Viruses. Nature 2001, 411, 834–842.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ferres-Marco, D.; Gutierrez-Garcia, I.; Vallejo, D.M.; Bolivar, J.; Gutierrez-Aviño, F.J.; Dominguez, M. Epigenetic Silencers and Notch Collaborate to Promote Malignant Tumours by Rb Silencing. Nature 2006, 439, 430–436.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mubarak, S. Construction Project Scheduling and Control; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2010; ISBN 9780470912171.
An edited book
Cultura e Salute: La Partecipazione Culturale Come Strumento per Un Nuovo Welfare; Grossi, E., Ravagnan, A., Eds.; Springer: Milano, 2013; ISBN 9788847027800.
A chapter in an edited book
Chai, K.C.; Tay, K.M.; Lim, C.P. A New Sign Distance-Based Ranking Method for Fuzzy Numbers. In Proceedings of the 18th Asia Pacific Symposium on Intelligent and Evolutionary Systems - Volume 2; Handa, H., Ishibuchi, H., Ong, Y.-S., Tan, K.-C., Eds.; Proceedings in Adaptation, Learning and Optimization; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2015; pp. 55–64 ISBN 9783319133553.

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 Atoms.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. New Type Of Planetary Object May Have Formed Earth And The Moon Available online: (accessed on 30 October 2018).


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 Aviation Noise: Costs of Phasing Out Noisy Aircraft; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1991;

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Child, R.J. The Evolution of BARREN INFLORESCENCE1 and Related AUX/IAA Genes in Angiosperms. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2013.

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
Wagner, J. Once ‘All In,’ Mets Are More Than 10 Games Out at the All-Star Break. New York Times 2017, D5.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleAtoms
ISSN (online)2218-2004

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