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
Bear G (2000) Deep ice and DNA languages. Nature 403:141
A journal article with 2 authors
Lau WCY, Rubinstein JL (2011) Subnanometre-resolution structure of the intact Thermus thermophilus H+-driven ATP synthase. Nature 481:214–218
A journal article with 3 authors
Haskell JP, Ritchie ME, Olff H (2002) Fractal geometry predicts varying body size scaling relationships for mammal and bird home ranges. Nature 418:527–530
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Baranzini SE, Mudge J, van Velkinburgh JC, et al (2010) Genome, epigenome and RNA sequences of monozygotic twins discordant for multiple sclerosis. Nature 464:1351–1356

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cavalla D (2015) Off-label prescribing - Justifying unapproved medicine. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Agassi J (2016) Beg to Differ: The Logic of Disputes and Argumentation. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Jankowski PP, O’Brien RA, Cornwall GB, Taylor WR (2014) Intraoperative Neurophysiology Monitoring. In: Phillips F, Lieberman I, Polly D (eds) Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Surgical Techniques and Disease Management. Springer, New York, NY, pp 43–53

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
Andrew E (2014) Is Iceland’s next volcanic eruption about to happen? In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (1990) Department of the Interior: Bureau of Reclamation Aircraft Should Be Centrally Managed Like Other Interior Aircraft. 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
Barger B (2014) A Quantitative Study of Educational Poverty, School Location, and Student Achievement Measured by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood 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
Wihbey J, Beaudet M (2016) Financial Disclosure, Wrapped in Secrecy. New York Times A23

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bear 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Bear 2000; Lau and Rubinstein 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Lau and Rubinstein 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Baranzini et al. 2010)

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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