How to format your references using the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Sanderson, K., 2007: Display of flexibility. Nature, 445, 473.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rychert, C. A., and P. M. Shearer, 2009: A global view of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary. Science, 324, 495–498.
A journal article with 3 authors
Glaser, A., Z. Mian, and F. von Hippel, 2015: NUCLEAR SECURITY. After the Iran deal: Multinational enrichment. Science, 348, 1320–1322.
A journal article with 9 or more authors
Cebrian, M., M. R. Torres, R. Huerta, and J. H. Fowler, 2013: Violent extremist group ecologies under stress. Sci. Rep., 3, 1544.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nellist, J. G., 2005: Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,.
An edited book
Frith, M., and C. N. Storm Pedersen, eds., 2016: Algorithms in Bioinformatics: 16th International Workshop, WABI 2016, Aarhus, Denmark, August 22-24, 2016. Proceedings. Springer International Publishing, XVII, 322 p. 92 illus pp.
A chapter in an edited book
Tohmé, F. A., G. A. Bodanza, and G. R. Simari, 2008: Aggregation of Attack Relations: A Social-Choice Theoretical Analysis of Defeasibility Criteria. Foundations of Information and Knowledge Systems: 5th International Symposium, FoIKS 2008, Pisa, Italy, February 11-15, 2008. Proceedings, S. Hartmann and G. Kern-Isberner, Eds., Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, 8–23.

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 the Atmospheric Sciences.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015: This Is The Microorganism-Laden Handprint Of An 8-Year-Old After Playing Outdoors. IFLScience,. (Accessed October 30, 2018).


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, 1998: Aviation Security: FAA’s Deployments of Equipment to Detect Traces of Explosives. 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
Teague, H. L., 2017: A Mixed Methods Study of Online Course Facilitators’ Perceptions of Mobile Technology, Design, and TPaCK Affordances. Pepperdine University, .

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
Protess, B., 2017: From the London Whale to Wells Fargo, a Bank Regulator Looks Back. New York Times, May 5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sanderson 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Sanderson 2007; Rychert and Shearer 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Rychert and Shearer 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Cebrian et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
AbbreviationJ. Atmos. Sci.
ISSN (print)0022-4928
ISSN (online)1520-0469
ScopeAtmospheric Science

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