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
Muller, N. Z., 2014: Economics. Boosting GDP growth by accounting for the environment. Science, 345, 873–874.
A journal article with 2 authors
Matsuoka, T., and K. Shimizu, 2009: Direct observation of a pressure-induced metal-to-semiconductor transition in lithium. Nature, 458, 186–189.
A journal article with 3 authors
Skourti-Stathaki, K., K. Kamieniarz-Gdula, and N. J. Proudfoot, 2014: R-loops induce repressive chromatin marks over mammalian gene terminators. Nature, 516, 436–439.
A journal article with 9 or more authors
Lee, A.-H., E. F. Scapa, D. E. Cohen, and L. H. Glimcher, 2008: Regulation of hepatic lipogenesis by the transcription factor XBP1. Science, 320, 1492–1496.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lacalle, D., and D. Parrilla, 2015: The Energy World is Flat. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd,.
An edited book
Ferré, N., M. Filatov, and M. Huix-Rotllant, eds., 2016: Density-Functional Methods for Excited States. 1st ed. 2016. Springer International Publishing, XII, 481 p pp.
A chapter in an edited book
Sobecki, J., and D. Żatuchin, 2009: Knowledge and Data Processing in a Process of Website Quality Evaluation. New Challenges in Computational Collective Intelligence, N.T. Nguyen, R.P. Katarzyniak, and A. Janiak, Eds., Studies in Computational Intelligence, Springer, 51–61.

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
O`Callaghan, J., 2016: China Wants To Build A Space Plane That Can Carry 20 People To Space. 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, 2006: Olympic Security: Better Planning Can Enhance U.S. Support to Future Olympic Games. 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
Gada, K. K., 2015: Numerical analyses of passive and active flow control over a micro air vehicle with an optimized airfoil. 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
Rosenberg, E., and L. Stack, 2017: Times Square Chaos as Driver Kills a Woman and Injures 22. New York Times, May 18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Muller 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Muller 2014; Matsuoka and Shimizu 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Matsuoka and Shimizu 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Lee et al. 2008)

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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