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 (Meteorol Atmos Phys). 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
Pirrotta V (2003) Transcription. Puffing with PARP. Science 299:528–529
A journal article with 2 authors
Jones MK, Liu X (2009) Archaeology. Origins of agriculture in East Asia. Science 324:730–731
A journal article with 3 authors
Spracklen DV, Arnold SR, Taylor CM (2012) Observations of increased tropical rainfall preceded by air passage over forests. Nature 489:282–285
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Belluscio L, Lodovichi C, Feinstein P, et al (2002) Odorant receptors instruct functional circuitry in the mouse olfactory bulb. Nature 419:296–300

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hochstadt H (1988) Integral Equations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Dudin A, Klimenok V, Tsarenkov G, Dudin S (eds) (2013) Modern Probabilistic Methods for Analysis of Telecommunication Networks: Belarusian Winter Workshops in Queueing Theory, BWWQT 2013, Minsk, Belarus, January 28-31, 2013. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Wen JG (2014) Transmission Electron Microscopy. In: Sardela M (ed) Practical Materials Characterization. Springer, New York, NY, pp 189–229

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 (2016) Plastic From The UK Is Choking The Arctic. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/environment/plastic-from-the-uk-is-choking-the-arctic/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (1998) Education and Employment Issue Area: Active Assignments. 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
Takusi GS (2010) A quantitative analysis of the extrinsic and intrinsic turnover factors of relational database support professionals. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Baker L (2006) No Parking: Condos Leave Out Cars. New York Times RE12

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Murray 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Kysar 2011; Fisk 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Jones and Liu 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Liu et al. 2014)

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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