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
Brandenburg, A., 2001: Cosmology. Magnetic mysteries. Science, 292, 2440–2441.
A journal article with 2 authors
le Noble, F., and J. le Noble, 2014: Bone biology: Vessels of rejuvenation. Nature, 507, 313–314.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mulligan, C. J., A. Kitchen, and M. M. Miyamoto, 2006: Comment on “Population size does not influence mitochondrial genetic diversity in animals.” Science, 314, 1390.
A journal article with 9 or more authors
Mol, C. D., T. Izumi, S. Mitra, and J. A. Tainer, 2000: DNA-bound structures and mutants reveal abasic DNA binding by APE1 and DNA repair coordination [corrected]. Nature, 403, 451–456.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Howe, T. R., 2011: Marriages & Families in the 21st Century. Wiley-Blackwell,.
An edited book
Saitô, H., 2006: Solid State NMR Spectroscopy for Biopolymers: Principles and Applications. I. Ando and A. Naito, Eds. Springer Netherlands, XIII, 455 p pp.
A chapter in an edited book
Riley, D. P., E. H. Kisi, E. Wu, T. Hansen, and P. Henry, 2010: Applications of In Situ Neutron Diffraction to Optimisation of Novel Materials Synthesis. Studying Kinetics with Neutrons: Prospects for Time-Resolved Neutron Scattering, G. Eckold, H. Schober, and S.E. Nagler, Eds., Springer Series in Solid-State Sciences, Springer, 123–148.

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
Andrew, E., 2015: Is That A Human Or Machine Driving? Mistaken Identity Can Lead To Tragedy. 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, 2001: Electronic Government: Selected Agency Plans for Implementing the Government Paperwork Elimination Act. 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
Bigler, W. H., 2010: Increased substance abuse treatment for adolescents. California State University, Long Beach, .

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
Brantley, B., 2017: What the Singing Dead Recall. New York Times, July 17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Brandenburg 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Brandenburg 2001; le Noble and le Noble 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (le Noble and le Noble 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Mol et al. 2000)

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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