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
Coleman, P., 2007: Frontier at your fingertips. Nature, 446, 379.
A journal article with 2 authors
Billinge, S. J. L., and I. Levin, 2007: The problem with determining atomic structure at the nanoscale. Science, 316, 561–565.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mili, S., K. Moissoglu, and I. G. Macara, 2008: Genome-wide screen reveals APC-associated RNAs enriched in cell protrusions. Nature, 453, 115–119.
A journal article with 9 or more authors
Lacorre, P., F. Goutenoire, O. Bohnke, R. Retoux, and Y. Laligant, 2000: Designing fast oxide-ion conductors based on La2Mo2O9. Nature, 404, 856–858.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Negre, E., 2015: Information and Recommender Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,.
An edited book
Rannow, S., and M. Neubert, eds., 2014: Managing Protected Areas in Central and Eastern Europe Under Climate Change. Springer Netherlands, XXV, 308 p. 77 illus., 33 illus. in color pp.
A chapter in an edited book
Van Breussegem, T., and M. Steyaert, 2013: Noise Reduction by Multi-Phase Interleaving and Fragmentation. CMOS Integrated Capacitive DC-DC Converters, M. Steyaert, Ed., Springer, 91–110.

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., 2015: Turning Street Lights Off At Night Had No Effect On The Number Of Road Accidents Or Crime Rate. 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, 2002: Homeland Security: Information Technology Funding and Associated Management Issues. 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
Ott, W. H., 2017: An Analysis of the Coordinated Implementation of Digitally-Aided Close Air Support: An Integrated Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation Approach. George Washington 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
Poniewozik, J., 2017: Heard the One About the Angsty Comic? New York Times, May 24.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Coleman 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Coleman 2007; Billinge and Levin 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Billinge and Levin 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Lacorre et al. 2000)

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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