How to format your references using the Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics. 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
Nestler EJ (2001) Neurobiology. Total recall-the memory of addiction. Science 292:2266–2267
A journal article with 2 authors
Baker MB, Peter T (2008) Small-scale cloud processes and climate. Nature 451:299–300
A journal article with 3 authors
Giulini A, Wang J, Jackson D (2004) Control of phyllotaxy by the cytokinin-inducible response regulator homologue ABPHYL1. Nature 430:1031–1034
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Morimoto M, Takahashi Y, Endo M, Saga Y (2005) The Mesp2 transcription factor establishes segmental borders by suppressing Notch activity. Nature 435:354–359

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Darling-Hammond L, Meyerson D, LaPointe M, et al (2009) Preparing Principals for a Changing World. Jossey-Bas, San Francisco, CA, USA
An edited book
Pavese F, Forbes AB (eds) (2009) Data Modeling for Metrology and Testing in Measurement Science. Birkhäuser, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Webb JF, Montgomery JC, Mogdans J (2008) Bioacoustics and the Lateral Line System of Fishes. In: Webb JF, Fay RR, Popper AN (eds) Fish Bioacoustics: With 81 Illustrations. Springer, New York, NY, pp 145–182

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 Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics.

Blog post
Andrews R (2016) This Is What Ancient Greek Statues Used To Look Like In Color. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1986) ADP Acquisitions: SSA Should Limit ADP Procurements Until Further Testing Is Performed. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Taylor MS (2015) Too Close to the Knives: Children’s Rights, Parental Authority, and Best Interests in the Context of Elective Pediatric Surgeries. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington 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
Crow K (2002) “Something To Hang Onto”: A New Calling Making Flags. New York Times 147

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nestler 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Nestler 2001; Baker and Peter 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Baker and Peter 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Morimoto et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleMeteorology and Atmospheric Physics
AbbreviationMeteorol. Atmos. Phys.
ISSN (print)0177-7971
ISSN (online)1436-5065
ScopeAtmospheric Science

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