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
Yamanaka, S., 2009: Elite and stochastic models for induced pluripotent stem cell generation. Nature, 460, 49–52.
A journal article with 2 authors
Turecek, R., and L. O. Trussell, 2001: Presynaptic glycine receptors enhance transmitter release at a mammalian central synapse. Nature, 411, 587–590.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jones, D. L., R. C. Brewster, and R. Phillips, 2014: Promoter architecture dictates cell-to-cell variability in gene expression. Science, 346, 1533–1536.
A journal article with 9 or more authors
Passafaro, M., T. Nakagawa, C. Sala, and M. Sheng, 2003: Induction of dendritic spines by an extracellular domain of AMPA receptor subunit GluR2. Nature, 424, 677–681.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Liu, S.-C., T. Delbruck, G. Indiveri, A. Whatley, and R. Douglas, 2015: Event-Based Neuromorphic Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd,.
An edited book
Adams, R., S. Gibson, and S. M. Arisona, eds., 2008: Transdisciplinary Digital Art. Sound, Vision and the New Screen: Digital Art Weeks and Interactive Futures 2006/2007, Zurich, Switzerland and Victoria, BC, Canada. Selected Papers. Springer, IX, 501 p pp.
A chapter in an edited book
Bural, C., 2016: Biomechanics of Removable Partial Dentures. Removable Partial Dentures: A Practitioners’ Manual, O. Şakar, Ed., Springer International Publishing, 25–35.

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: How We Showed ‘Sleeping On It’ Really Is The Best Way To Solve A Problem. 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, 1975: Opportunities for Improving Computer Use in the Bureau of the Mint. 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
LaVertu, D. J., 2017: An Exploratory Approach to In-Trinity® for Fall Prevention. California State University, Long Beach, .

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
Cooper, M., 2017: Singing With, Not Through, the Nose. New York Times, April 30.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Yamanaka 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Yamanaka 2009; Turecek and Trussell 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Turecek and Trussell 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Passafaro et al. 2003)

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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