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
Hodson, R., 2015: Prostate cancer: 4 big questions. Nature, 528, S137.
A journal article with 2 authors
Anglada-Escudé, G., and M. Tuomi, 2015: Exoplanet detection. Comment on “Stellar activity masquerading as planets in the habitable zone of the M dwarf Gliese 581.” Science, 347, 1080.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yu, Q., Y. Geng, and P. Sicinski, 2001: Specific protection against breast cancers by cyclin D1 ablation. Nature, 411, 1017–1021.
A journal article with 9 or more authors
Shibata, N., M. F. Chisholm, A. Nakamura, S. J. Pennycook, T. Yamamoto, and Y. Ikuhara, 2007: Nonstoichiometric dislocation cores in alpha-alumina. Science, 316, 82–85.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ziegler, M., 2012: Geotechnische Nachweise nach EC 7 und DIN 1054. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany,.
An edited book
Scott, J., 2015: Expert Oracle Application Express. N. Buytaert et al., Eds. Apress, Berkeley, CA, XXIX, 629 p. 482 illus pp.
A chapter in an edited book
MacCallum, D., 2007: Candida Albicans: New Insights in Infection, Disease, and Treatment. New Insights in Medical Mycology, K. Kavanagh, Ed., Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 99–129.

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
Andrew, E., 2015: How Close Are We To Back To The Future’s Vision Of Tomorrow? A Scientist’s View. 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, 1981: Operation of the Copyright Royalty Tribunal. 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
Okada, H., 2008: Modulation of BACE1 by a novel sorting nexin in Alzheimer’s disease. Columbia 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
Carter, D. T., 2016: What Donald Trump Owes George Wallace. New York Times, January 8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hodson 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Hodson 2015; Anglada-Escudé and Tuomi 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Anglada-Escudé and Tuomi 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Shibata et al. 2007)

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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