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
Aldiss BW (2001) Desperately seeking aliens. Nature 409:1080–1082
A journal article with 2 authors
Sugita M, Shiba Y (2005) Genetic tracing shows segregation of taste neuronal circuitries for bitter and sweet. Science 309:781–785
A journal article with 3 authors
Engler HS, Spencer KC, Gilbert LE (2000) Preventing cyanide release from leaves. Nature 406:144–145
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Borodinsky LN, Root CM, Cronin JA, et al (2004) Activity-dependent homeostatic specification of transmitter expression in embryonic neurons. Nature 429:523–530

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lindahl D (2008) Multi-Family Millions. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Navard P (ed) (2013) The European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence (EPNOE): Research Initiatives and Results. Springer, Vienna
A chapter in an edited book
Lax PD, Terrell MS (2014) The Theory of Differentiable Functions. In: Terrell MS (ed) Calculus With Applications. Springer, New York, NY, pp 171–216

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
Davis J (2017) Brutal Warfare May Help Explain Differences In Chimpanzee And Bonobo Societies. 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) Digests of Unpublished Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States, Vol. II, No. 12. 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
Knoth KC (2017) Biological Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences: An Examination of an Introductory Level Implementation. Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois 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
Rothenberg B (2017) Inside the Royal Box: Athletes, Actors and Aristocrats. New York Times D5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Aldiss 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Aldiss 2001; Sugita and Shiba 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Sugita and Shiba 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Borodinsky 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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