How to format your references using the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 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
Midgley, P. A. (2011). Materials science. Electronic bonding revealed by electron diffraction. Science (New York, N.Y.), 331(6024), 1528–1529.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lee, J.-H., & Kim, C. F. (2014). Developmental biology. Mesenchymal progenitor panoply. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6211), 810–811.
A journal article with 3 authors
Reimand, J., Wagih, O., & Bader, G. D. (2013). The mutational landscape of phosphorylation signaling in cancer. Scientific Reports, 3, 2651.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Stuchell-Brereton, M. D., Skalicky, J. J., Kieffer, C., Karren, M. A., Ghaffarian, S., & Sundquist, W. I. (2007). ESCRT-III recognition by VPS4 ATPases. Nature, 449(7163), 740–744.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sarker, S. D., & Nahar, L. (2007). Chemistry for Pharmacy Students. West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd,.
An edited book
Ferrari, A. (2013). L’arto inferiore nella paralisi cerebrale infantile: Semeiotica e chirurgia funzionale. (S. Reverberi & M. G. Benedetti, Eds.). Milano: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bloss, C. S., Bakken, T. E., Joyner, A. H., & Schork, N. J. (2009). Leveraging High-Dimensional Neuroimaging Data in Genetic Studies of Neuropsychiatric Disease. In M. S. Ritsner (Ed.), The Handbook of Neuropsychiatric Biomarkers, Endophenotypes and Genes: Neuropsychological Endophenotypes and Biomarkers (pp. 87–102). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2015, January 21). The Speed Of Light Can Vary In A Vacuum. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (1980). Comments on Proposed F.P.M.R. Amendment (No. B-198809,B-199575). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Coleman, J. M. (2012). Classroom management: Whose responsibility is it? (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Schwartz, J. (2017, August 23). Exxon Misled the Public on the Risks of Climate Change, a Study Says. New York Times, p. B7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Midgley, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Lee & Kim, 2014; Midgley, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Lee & Kim, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Stuchell-Brereton et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
AbbreviationJ. Geophys. Res.
ISSN (print)2169-897X
ISSN (online)2169-8996

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