How to format your references using the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics. 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
Massagué, J., 2004. G1 cell-cycle control and cancer. Nature 432, 298–306.
A journal article with 2 authors
Snook, R.R., Hosken, D.J., 2004. Sperm death and dumping in Drosophila. Nature 428, 939–941.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gormley, W.T., Jr, Phillips, D., Gayer, T., 2008. The early years. Preschool programs can boost school readiness. Science 320, 1723–1724.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Banerjee, M., Banerjee, N., Bhattacharjee, P., Mondal, D., Lythgoe, P.R., Martínez, M., Pan, J., Polya, D.A., Giri, A.K., 2013. High arsenic in rice is associated with elevated genotoxic effects in humans. Sci. Rep. 3, 2195.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kondoz, A.M., 2006. Digital Speech. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Perrone Filardi, P. (Ed.), 2015. ACEi and ARBS in Hypertension and Heart Failure, Current Cardiovascular Therapy. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Waseda, Y., Matsubara, E., Shinoda, K., 2011. Diffraction from Polycrystalline Samples and Determination of Crystal Structure, in: Matsubara, E., Shinoda, K. (Eds.), X-Ray Diffraction Crystallography: Introduction, Examples and Solved Problems. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 107–167.

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 Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics.

Blog post
Luntz, S., 2014. Humpback Teamwork Caught on Camera [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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. Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Status of Efforts to Deal With Personnel Issues (No. AIMD/GGD-99-14). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Monforton, C., 2008. Evaluation of the impact of a mandatory safety training regulation on occupational injury and fatality rates among U.S. stone, sand and gravel miners (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Kershner, I., Goldman, A., Blinder, A., Pérez-Peña, R., 2017. Teenager in Israel Is Arrested in Threats to U.S. Jewish Centers. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Massagué, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Massagué, 2004; Snook and Hosken, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Snook and Hosken, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Banerjee et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics
AbbreviationJ. Atmos. Sol. Terr. Phys.
ISSN (print)1364-6826
ScopeAtmospheric Science
Space and Planetary Science

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