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
Chergui, M., 2006: Chemistry. Controlling biological functions. Science, 313, 1246–1247.
A journal article with 2 authors
Berry, R. M., and J. P. Armitage, 2008: Microbiology. How bacteria change gear. Science, 320, 1599–1600.
A journal article with 3 authors
Royle, S. J., N. A. Bright, and L. Lagnado, 2005: Clathrin is required for the function of the mitotic spindle. Nature, 434, 1152–1157.
A journal article with 9 or more authors
Monné, M., L. Han, T. Schwend, S. Burendahl, and L. Jovine, 2008: Crystal structure of the ZP-N domain of ZP3 reveals the core fold of animal egg coats. Nature, 456, 653–657.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Crane, S., 2013: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dao. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd,.
An edited book
Müller-Clostermann, B., K. Echtle, and E. P. Rathgeb, eds., 2010: Measurement, Modelling, and Evaluation of Computing Systems and Dependability and Fault Tolerance: 15th International GI/ITG Conference, MMB&DFT 2010, Essen, Germany, March 15-17, 2010. Proceedings. Springer, XI, 323 p. 120 illus pp.
A chapter in an edited book
Hadzic, F., H. Tan, and T. S. Dillon, 2010: TMG Framework for Mining Ordered Subtrees. Mining of Data with Complex Structures, H. Tan and T.S. Dillon, Eds., Studies in Computational Intelligence, Springer, 87–138.

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
Davis, J., 2016: Dinosaurs May Have Been Cooing To Each Other. 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: Controls Over Computer-Generated Output at the Naval Supply Center, Oakland. 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
Roberts, E. M., 2006: Whose Books Get Published?: Individual Agency and the Business of Children’s Publishing. University of Cincinnati, .

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
Kenigsberg, B., 2016: What Shot Rocky Up Those Steps. New York Times, December 16.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Chergui 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Chergui 2006; Berry and Armitage 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Berry and Armitage 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Monné 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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