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 (J Atmos Chem). 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
Graham-Rowe, D.: Agriculture: Beyond food versus fuel. Nature. 474, S6-8 (2011)
A journal article with 2 authors
Kofman, A.G., Kurizki, G.: Acceleration of quantum decay processes by frequent observations. Nature. 405, 546–550 (2000)
A journal article with 3 authors
Naylor, R.L., Williams, S.L., Strong, D.R.: Ecology. Aquaculture--a gateway for exotic species. Science. 294, 1655–1656 (2001)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Koder, R.L., Anderson, J.L.R., Solomon, L.A., Reddy, K.S., Moser, C.C., Dutton, P.L.: Design and engineering of an O(2) transport protein. Nature. 458, 305–309 (2009)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Malamed, C.: Visual Design Solutions. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ (2015)
An edited book
Ramirez, D., Ren, J., Jones, K.D., Lamm, H. eds: Environmental Sustainability Issues in the South Texas–Mexico Border Region. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2014)
A chapter in an edited book
Witelski, T., Bowen, M.: Self-Similar Scaling Solutions of Differential Equations. In: Bowen, M. (ed.) Methods of Mathematical Modelling: Continuous Systems and Differential Equations. pp. 113–125. 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
Carpineti, C.: Check Out These Incredible Videos Of A Star Exploding,


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: Export Controls: National Security Risks and Revisions to Controls on Computer Systems. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2000)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Echols, K.I.: Authentic Leadership, Research Integrity, and Institutions of Higher Learning: Why Focusing on Departmental Leadership is Critical for Preserving the Sanctity of Science, (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
Kishkovsky, S.: A Low-Key Birthday for Putin: Just 450 Roses, (2016)

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Robbins 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Monack 2011; Turrigiano 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Kofman and Kurizki 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Sabio et al. 2008)

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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