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
Wassarman, P. M., 2014: Reproductive biology: Sperm protein finds its mate. Nature, 508, 466–467.
A journal article with 2 authors
Anderson, B. L., and J. Winawer, 2005: Image segmentation and lightness perception. Nature, 434, 79–83.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chen, Z., H. Yang, and N. P. Pavletich, 2008: Mechanism of homologous recombination from the RecA-ssDNA/dsDNA structures. Nature, 453, 489–484.
A journal article with 9 or more authors
Opremcak, A., and Coauthors, 2018: Measurement of a superconducting qubit with a microwave photon counter. Science, 361, 1239–1242.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Corns, T. N., 2008: A History of Seventeenth-Century English Literature. Blackwell Publishing Ltd,.
An edited book
Ahmed, W., 2014: Chemical Vapour Deposition of Diamond for Dental Tools and Burs. H. Sein, M.J. Jackson, C. Rego, D.A. Phoenix, A. Elhissi, and S.J. Crean, Eds. Springer International Publishing, XI, 140 p. 108 illus., 53 illus. in color pp.
A chapter in an edited book
Schneider, M., 2005: The Quality of Life in Large American Cities: Objective and Subjective Social Indicators. Citation Classics from Social Indicators Research: The Most Cited Articles Edited and Introduced by Alex C. Michalos, A.C. Michalos, Ed., Social Indicators Research Series, Springer Netherlands, 101–115.

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
O`Callaghan, J., 2015: NASA’s Upcoming Mars Rocket Completes Critical Design Review. 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, 2015: Surface Transportation: DOT Is Progressing toward a Performance-Based Approach, but States and Grantees Report Potential Implementation Challenges. 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
Powell, B. D., 2009: An ethnographic case study of teachers who are alumni of the private day school for boys in which they teach. 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
Gorman, J., 2017: Naked Mole Rats Survive Without Oxygen. New York Times, April 20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wassarman 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Wassarman 2014; Anderson and Winawer 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Anderson and Winawer 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Opremcak et al. 2018)

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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