How to format your references using the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 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
Larson, S., 2012: Anthropology. Did australopiths climb trees? Science, 338, 478–479.
A journal article with 2 authors
Murray, N., and M. Holman, 2001: The role of chaotic resonances in the Solar System. Nature, 410, 773–779.
A journal article with 3 authors
Damasceno, P. F., M. Engel, and S. C. Glotzer, 2012: Predictive self-assembly of polyhedra into complex structures. Science, 337, 453–457.
A journal article with 9 or more authors
Ma, C., and Coauthors, 2018: Gut microbiome-mediated bile acid metabolism regulates liver cancer via NKT cells. Science, 360.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bonilla, L. L., and S. W. Teitsworth, 2010: Nonlinear Wave Methods for Charge Transport. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA,.
An edited book
Margaria, T., and B. Steffen, eds., 2010: Leveraging Applications of Formal Methods, Verification, and Validation: 4th International Symposium on Leveraging Applications, ISoLA 2010, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, October 18-21, 2010, Proceedings, Part II. Springer, XV, 498 p. 157 illus pp.
A chapter in an edited book
Haseeb, M., and E. R. Hancock, 2013: Eigenvector Sign Correction for Spectral Correspondence Matching. Image Analysis and Processing – ICIAP 2013: 17th International Conference, Naples, Italy, September 9-13, 2013, Proceedings, Part II, A. Petrosino, Ed., Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, 41–50.

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 Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Blog post
Luntz, S., 2015: Comet’s Structure Is Like Deep-Fried Ice Cream. IFLScience,. (Accessed October 30, 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, 1970: Administration of Federal Support of Shore Facilities and Vessels for Research Activities at Oceanographic Institutions. U.S. Government Printing Office,.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Marlatt, E. S., 2013: Effects of accelerated instruction on achievement gains of underprepared Catholic high school freshmen. University of Phoenix, .

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
Davey, M., 2013: Murder Charge In a Case Tied To Race Issues. New York Times, November 15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Larson 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Larson 2012; Murray and Holman 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Murray and Holman 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Ma et al. 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
AbbreviationBull. Am. Meteorol. Soc.
ISSN (print)0003-0007
ISSN (online)1520-0477
ScopeAtmospheric Science

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