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
Beutler B (2004) Inferences, questions and possibilities in Toll-like receptor signalling. Nature 430:257–263
A journal article with 2 authors
Flowers RM, Farley KA (2013) Response to Comments on “Apatite 4He/3He and (U-Th)/He Evidence for an Ancient Grand Canyon.” Science 340:143
A journal article with 3 authors
Pyenson ND, Irmis RB, Lipps JH (2010) Comment on “Climate, critters, and cetaceans: Cenozoic drivers of the evolution of modern whales.” Science 330:178; author reply 178
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Hashimoto T, Laporte N, Mawatari K, et al (2018) The onset of star formation 250 million years after the Big Bang. Nature 557:392–395

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Plumb JA, Hanson LA (2010) Health Maintenance and Principal Microbial Diseases of Cultured Fishes. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Somlai J, Kovács T (eds) (2016) Neuro-Ophthalmology. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Song I, Diederich J (2014) Speech Analysis for Mental Health Assessment Using Support Vector Machines. In: Lech M, Song I, Yellowlees P, Diederich J (eds) Mental Health Informatics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 79–105

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
Carpineti A (2016) Hubble Snaps Incredible Photos of Nearby Comet. 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 (1997) Afloat Prepositioning: Not All Equipment Meets the Army’s Readiness Goal. 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
Powers KL (2012) Real-time video streaming: Impact on maternal anxiety and the maternal-infant bond. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Witz B (2017) A Button-Down Game Gets a Needed Pinch of Pizazz. New York Times B18

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Beutler 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Beutler 2004; Flowers and Farley 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Flowers and Farley 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Hashimoto et al. 2018)

About the journal

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

Other styles