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
Brady, O.: Scale up the supply of experimental Ebola drugs. Nature. 512, 233 (2014)
A journal article with 2 authors
Thompson, W.G., Goldstein, S.L.: Open-system coral ages reveal persistent suborbital sea-level cycles. Science. 308, 401–404 (2005)
A journal article with 3 authors
Van Valkenburgh, B., Wang, X., Damuth, J.: Cope’s rule, hypercarnivory, and extinction in North American canids. Science. 306, 101–104 (2004)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wang, J., Wei, D., He, K., Gong, H., Wang, P.: Encapsulating urban traffic rhythms into road networks. Sci. Rep. 4, 4141 (2014)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lutzke, D.: Surfen in die digitale Zukunft. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany (2012)
An edited book
Fakhfakh, M., Tlelo-Cuautle, E., Siarry, P. eds: Computational Intelligence in Analog and Mixed-Signal (AMS) and Radio-Frequency (RF) Circuit Design. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2015)
A chapter in an edited book
Baust, J.M., Corwin, W.L., VanBuskirk, R., Baust, J.G.: Biobanking: The Future of Cell Preservation Strategies. In: Karimi-Busheri, F. (ed.) Biobanking in the 21st Century. pp. 37–53. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2015)

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
Hamilton, K.: What’s Happening When Our Joints Crack And Is It Bad?


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: Customs Service Modernization: ACE Poses Risks and Challenges. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1997)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Barnett, J.: Understanding gender differences in teachers’ level of insight as it relates to ADHD, (2017)

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
Saslow, L.: Moving From Team Sport to Lifelong Fitness, (2009)

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Brady 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Brady 2014; Thompson and Goldstein 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Thompson and Goldstein 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al. 2014)

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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