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
Jenkins M (2003) Prospects for biodiversity. Science 302:1175–1177
A journal article with 2 authors
Yagi K, Yunes N (2013) I-Love-Q: unexpected universal relations for neutron stars and quark stars. Science 341:365–368
A journal article with 3 authors
Dial KP, Jackson BE, Segre P (2008) A fundamental avian wing-stroke provides a new perspective on the evolution of flight. Nature 451:985–989
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Lo S-T, Lin S-W, Wang Y-T, et al (2014) Spin-orbit-coupled superconductivity. Sci Rep 4:5438

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Trigeassou J-C (2011) Electrical Machines Diagnosis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Sanger C (2005) Mobile World: Past, Present and Future. Springer, London
A chapter in an edited book
Feng Z, Zhang Q, Zhang P (2015) Intelligent Resource Management. In: Zhang Q, Zhang P (eds) Cognitive Wireless Networks. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 85–106

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
Luntz S (2014) Changing States? It’s Complicated. 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 (2002) Information Technology: Enterprise Architecture Use Across the Federal Government Can Be Improved. 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
Crockett W (2017) Student Transitions Into the Full-Time Virtual High School Setting. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine 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
Eligon J (2016) Bored, Broke and Armed: The Seeds of South Side Gang Violence. New York Times A1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Jenkins 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Jenkins 2003; Yagi and Yunes 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Yagi and Yunes 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Lo et al. 2014)

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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