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
Snyder SH (2005) Obituary: Julius Axelrod (1912-2004). Nature 433:593
A journal article with 2 authors
Colavita A, Tessier-Lavigne M (2003) A Neurexin-related protein, BAM-2, terminates axonal branches in C. elegans. Science 302:293–296
A journal article with 3 authors
Ghuman AS, van den Honert RN, Martin A (2013) Interregional neural synchrony has similar dynamics during spontaneous and stimulus-driven states. Sci Rep 3:1481
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Halik M, Klauk H, Zschieschang U, et al (2004) Low-voltage organic transistors with an amorphous molecular gate dielectric. Nature 431:963–966

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Candy JV (2005) Model-Based Signal Processing. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Docker MF (ed) (2015) Lampreys: Biology, Conservation and Control: Volume 1. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Macià F (2015) High-Frequency Dynamics for the Schrödinger Equation, with Applications to Dispersion and Observability. In: Besse C, Garreau J-C (eds) Nonlinear Optical and Atomic Systems: At the Interface of Physics and Mathematics. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 275–335

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
Carpineti A (2015) Scientists Discover Weak Spot Of The Superbug MRSA. 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 (1987) [Comments on Proposal To Add Subpart to FAR]. 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
Rossi G (2010) Anesthesiology, geriatric surgery, and the risk of post-operative cognitive dysfunction. Doctoral dissertation, 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
Crow K (2002) With Affluence All Around, A Little Crime Seems a Lot. New York Times 146

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Snyder 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Colavita and Tessier-Lavigne 2003; Snyder 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Colavita and Tessier-Lavigne 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Halik et al. 2004)

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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