How to format your references using the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Keeling, P. J., 2007: Genomics. Deep questions in the tree of life. Science, 317, 1875–1876.
A journal article with 2 authors
Park, C. Y., and R. Dolmetsch, 2006: Cell signaling. The double life of a transcription factor takes it outside the nucleus. Science, 314, 64–65.
A journal article with 3 authors
Caro, E., M. M. Castellano, and C. Gutierrez, 2007: A chromatin link that couples cell division to root epidermis patterning in Arabidopsis. Nature, 447, 213–217.
A journal article with 9 or more authors
Gambardella, P., A. Dallmeyer, K. Maiti, M. C. Malagoli, W. Eberhardt, K. Kern, and C. Carbone, 2002: Ferromagnetism in one-dimensional monatomic metal chains. Nature, 416, 301–304.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Joseph, G., 2012: Doing Physics with Scientific Notebook. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd,.
An edited book
Satapathy, S. C., Y. C. Bhatt, A. Joshi, and D. K. Mishra, eds., 2016: Proceedings of the International Congress on Information and Communication Technology: ICICT 2015, Volume 1. Springer, XIX, 671 p. 302 illus pp.
A chapter in an edited book
Somasundaram, J., P. Howard, and R. H. Reed, 2016: Navigating the Scholarship of Integration: Insights from a Maze. Navigating the Education Research Maze: Contextual, Conceptual, Methodological and Transformational Challenges and Opportunities for Researchers, D. Rossi, F. Gacenga, and P.A. Danaher, Eds., Springer International Publishing, 79–95.

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 Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology.

Blog post
Andrews, R., 2017: A Continental-Sized Volcanic Eruption Caused Snowball Earth. 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, 1998: Small Business Administration: Mandated Planning for Loan Monitoring System Is Not Complete. 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
Phelps-Hillen, J. L., 2017: Institutional Review Boards and Writing Studies Research: A Justice-Oriented Study. University of South Florida, .

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
Hartocollis, A., 2016: On Eve of Graduation, University of Chicago Student President May Face Expulsion. New York Times, June 9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Keeling 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Keeling 2007; Park and Dolmetsch 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Park and Dolmetsch 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Gambardella et al. 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology
AbbreviationJ. Appl. Meteorol. Climatol.
ISSN (print)1558-8424
ISSN (online)1558-8432
ScopeAtmospheric Science

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