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
James, R.D.: Shape-memory alloys. Taming the temperamental metal transformation. Science. 348, 968–969 (2015)
A journal article with 2 authors
Luo, C., Ecker, J.R.: Epigenetics. Exceptional epigenetics in the brain. Science. 348, 1094–1095 (2015)
A journal article with 3 authors
Mills, C.E., Robins, J.M., Lipsitch, M.: Transmissibility of 1918 pandemic influenza. Nature. 432, 904–906 (2004)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Richardson, L.J., Deming, D., Horning, K., Seager, S., Harrington, J.: A spectrum of an extrasolar planet. Nature. 445, 892–895 (2007)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Murdoch, I., Turpin, S., Johnston, B., MacLullich, A., Losman, E.: Geriatric Emergencies. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2014)
An edited book
Volcic, Z., Andrejevic, M. eds: Commercial Nationalism: Selling the Nation and Nationalizing the Sell. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London (2016)
A chapter in an edited book
Rajamannan, N.M., Park, J., Antonini-Canterin, F.: Development of an Experimental Model of Mitral Valve Regurgitation via Hypertrophic Chondrocytes. In: Rajamannan, N.M. (ed.) Molecular Biology of Valvular Heart Disease. pp. 35–40. Springer, London (2014)

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
Andrew, E.: Six Newly Discovered Genetic Variants Help Explain Coffee Habits,


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: FAA Information Technology: Complete Cost Data Not Provided to OMB. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1991)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Wenger, M.C.: Free-choice family learning experiences at informal astronomy observing events, (2011)

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
Gorman, J.: Sciencetake: Misguided Leaders Don’t Lead Pigeons Off Course, (2016)

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (James 2015).
This sentence cites two references (James 2015; Luo and Ecker 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Luo and Ecker 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Richardson et al. 2007)

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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