How to format your references using the Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry. 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
O’Neill, L.A.: Retrospective. Jürg Tschopp (1951-2011). Science. 332, 679 (2011)
A journal article with 2 authors
Kleinman, C.L., Majewski, J.: Comment on “Widespread RNA and DNA sequence differences in the human transcriptome.” Science. 335, 1302; author reply 1302 (2012)
A journal article with 3 authors
Whitmarsh, R.B., Manatschal, G., Minshull, T.A.: Evolution of magma-poor continental margins from rifting to seafloor spreading. Nature. 413, 150–154 (2001)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Morris, M.C., Kaiser, P., Rudyak, S., Baskerville, C., Watson, M.H., Reed, S.I.: Cks1-dependent proteasome recruitment and activation of CDC20 transcription in budding yeast. Nature. 423, 1009–1013 (2003)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Banerjee, S., Lawrence, V.: Managing Dementia in a Multicultural Society. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2010)
An edited book
Gershwin, M.E., Albertson, T.E. eds: Bronchial Asthma: A Guide for Practical Understanding and Treatment. Springer, New York, NY (2012)
A chapter in an edited book
Grillmair, C.J., Carlin, J.L.: Stellar Streams and Clouds in the Galactic Halo. In: Newberg, H.J. and Carlin, J.L. (eds.) Tidal Streams in the Local Group and Beyond: Observations and Implications. pp. 87–112. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2016)

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 Chemistry.

Blog post
Luntz, S.: World’s Most Accurate Clock Loses Just 1 Second Every 16 Billion Years


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: Transportation Worker Identification Credential: Card Reader Pilot Results Are Unreliable; Security Benefits Should Be Reassessed. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2013)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Turney, J.J.: Police supervisory attributes that influence attitude towards Critical Incident Stress Management programs, (2014)

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
Walsh, M.W.: In Budget Crisis, States Take Aim At Pension Costs, (2010)

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (O’Neill 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Kleinman and Majewski 2012; O’Neill 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Kleinman and Majewski 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Morris et al. 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Atmospheric Chemistry
AbbreviationJ. Atmos. Chem.
ISSN (print)0167-7764
ISSN (online)1573-0662
ScopeAtmospheric Science
Environmental Chemistry

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