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
Helgen KM (2011) Evolution. The mammal family tree. Science 334:458–459
A journal article with 2 authors
Forcada J, Hoffman JI (2014) Climate change selects for heterozygosity in a declining fur seal population. Nature 511:462–465
A journal article with 3 authors
Zákány J, Kmita M, Duboule D (2004) A dual role for Hox genes in limb anterior-posterior asymmetry. Science 304:1669–1672
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Dejean A, Solano PJ, Ayroles J, et al (2005) Insect behaviour: arboreal ants build traps to capture prey. Nature 434:973

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ellis H, Lawson A (2013) Anatomy for Anaesthetists. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Dincer I (2016) Clean Rail Transportation Options, 1st ed. 2016. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Brenner C, Greenyer J, Schäfer W (2015) On-the-Fly Synthesis of Scarcely Synchronizing Distributed Controllers from Scenario-Based Specifications. In: Egyed A, Schaefer I (eds) Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering: 18th International Conference, FASE 2015, Held as Part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2015, London, UK, April 11-18, 2015, Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 51–65

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
Andrew E (2015) SpaceX Rocket Explodes Minutes After Launch. 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 (2000) Federal Railroad Administration: Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program--Revisions. 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
Cox AM (2017) Functional Gain and Change Mechanisms in Post-Production Complex Systems. 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
Ryerson J (2017) Being and Gnarliness. New York Times BR16

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Helgen 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Helgen 2011; Forcada and Hoffman 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Forcada and Hoffman 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Dejean 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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