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
Hoyt, M.A.: Cell biology. Extinguishing a cell cycle checkpoint. Science. 313, 624–625 (2006)
A journal article with 2 authors
Chen, M.S., Goodman, D.W.: The structure of catalytically active gold on titania. Science. 306, 252–255 (2004)
A journal article with 3 authors
Foley, S.F., Buhre, S., Jacob, D.E.: Evolution of the Archaean crust by delamination and shallow subduction. Nature. 421, 249–252 (2003)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tang, C.-B., Wu, B., Wang, J.-B., Li, X.: Evolutionary origin of asymptotically stable consensus. Sci. Rep. 4, 4590 (2014)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Celant, G., Broniatowski, M.: Interpolation and Extrapolation Optimal Designs 1. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2016)
An edited book
Inzelt, G., Lewenstam, A., Scholz, F. eds: Handbook of Reference Electrodes. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2013)
A chapter in an edited book
e Castro, I.V., Fareleira, P., Ferreira, E.: Nitrogen Fixing Symbiosis in a Sustainable Agriculture. In: Hakeem, K.R., Akhtar, M.S., and Abdullah, S.N.A. (eds.) Plant, Soil and Microbes: Volume 1: Implications in Crop Science. pp. 55–91. 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.: Cosmonaut Rebuffs Sexist Questions,


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: [Comments on DOD Data Center Consolidation Plan]. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1994)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Young, W.B.: First-Generation Undergraduate Researchers: Engaging and Validating Cultural Wealth-Based Self-Authors, (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
Shpigel, B.: A Rare Vacancy, With Even Unlikelier Candidates, (2016)

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hoyt 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Chen and Goodman 2004; Hoyt 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Chen and Goodman 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Tang 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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