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
Jimenez-Sanchez, G. (2003). Developing a platform for genomic medicine in Mexico. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5617), 295–296.
A journal article with 2 authors
Robert, F., & Chaussidon, M. (2006). A palaeotemperature curve for the Precambrian oceans based on silicon isotopes in cherts. Nature, 443(7114), 969–972.
A journal article with 3 authors
d’Aignaux, J. N., Cousens, S. N., & Smith, P. G. (2001). Predictability of the UK variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease epidemic. Science (New York, N.Y.), 294(5547), 1729–1731.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Barderas, R., Villar-Vázquez, R., Fernández-Aceñero, M. J., Babel, I., Peláez-García, A., Torres, S., & Casal, J. I. (2013). Sporadic colon cancer murine models demonstrate the value of autoantibody detection for preclinical cancer diagnosis. Scientific Reports, 3, 2938.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Qiu, X., Ding, C., & Hu, D. (2013). Bistatic SAR Data Processing Algorithms. Solaris South Tower, Singapore: John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Aura, T., Järvinen, K., & Nyberg, K. (Eds.). (2012). Information Security Technology for Applications: 15th Nordic Conference on Secure IT Systems, NordSec 2010, Espoo, Finland, October 27-29, 2010, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 7127). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Chackelson, C., Errasti, A., & Tanco, M. (2012). A World Class Order Picking Methodology: An Empirical Validation. In J. Frick & B. T. Laugen (Eds.), Advances in Production Management Systems. Value Networks: Innovation, Technologies, and Management: IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference, APMS 2011, Stavanger, Norway, September 26-28, 2011, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 27–36). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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
Davis, J. (2015, September 17). Scientists Have Developed A Patch That Regenerates Damaged Heart Tissue. 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. (1972). Need for a National Earthquake Research Program (No. B-176621). 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
Robertson-Tessi, M. (2010). Mathematical models of tumor growth and therapy (Doctoral dissertation). University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

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
Poniewozik, J. (2017, January 17). Brothers-in-Arms, Firing at a Savage World. New York Times, p. C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Jimenez-Sanchez, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Jimenez-Sanchez, 2003; Robert & Chaussidon, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Robert & Chaussidon, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Barderas et al., 2013)

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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