How to format your references using the Boundary-Layer Meteorology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Boundary-Layer Meteorology. 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
Reich PB (2010) Climate Change. The carbon dioxide exchange. Science 329:774–775
A journal article with 2 authors
Sesma A, Osbourn AE (2004) The rice leaf blast pathogen undergoes developmental processes typical of root-infecting fungi. Nature 431:582–586
A journal article with 3 authors
Ahn Y-Y, Bagrow JP, Lehmann S (2010) Link communities reveal multiscale complexity in networks. Nature 466:761–764
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Almany GR, Berumen ML, Thorrold SR, et al (2007) Local replenishment of coral reef fish populations in a marine reserve. Science 316:742–744

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shi Z-J (2014) Homogeneous Catalysis for Unreactive Bond Activation. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Damon J (2016) Local Features in Natural Images via Singularity Theory. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Bowker GC, Baker K, Millerand F, Ribes D (2010) Toward Information Infrastructure Studies: Ways of Knowing in a Networked Environment. In: Hunsinger J, Klastrup L, Allen M (eds) International Handbook of Internet Research. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 97–117

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 Boundary-Layer Meteorology.

Blog post
Andrews R (2016) Angrily Exercising Can Triple Your Risk Of Having A Heart Attack. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1977) The Concorde Supersonic Aircraft Trial Entry into Dulles International Airport. 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
Allard IN (2010) Examining the relationship between organizational culture and performance: Moderators of culture gap. Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University

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
Oestreich JR (2017) Bearing Witness to a Massacre. New York Times C4

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Reich 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Sesma and Osbourn 2004; Reich 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Sesma and Osbourn 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Almany et al. 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleBoundary-Layer Meteorology
AbbreviationBoundary Layer Meteorol.
ISSN (print)0006-8314
ISSN (online)1573-1472
ScopeAtmospheric Science

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