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
Lloyd S (2001) Quantum computing. Computation from geometry. Science 292:1669
A journal article with 2 authors
Dustin ML, Meyer-Hermann M (2012) Immunology. Antigen feast or famine. Science 335:408–409
A journal article with 3 authors
Iwata M, Hiyama A, Otaki JM (2013) System-dependent regulations of colour-pattern development: a mutagenesis study of the pale grass blue butterfly. Sci Rep 3:2379
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Emmerson MC, Solan M, Emes C, et al (2001) Consistent patterns and the idiosyncratic effects of biodiversity in marine ecosystems. Nature 411:73–77

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Van Fleet PJ (2008) Discrete Wavelet Transformations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Boumerdassi S, Renault É, Bouzefrane S (eds) (2016) Mobile, Secure, and Programmable Networking: Second International Conference, MSPN 2016, Paris, France, June 1-3, 2016, Revised Selected Papers. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Calabretto S (2011) Ontology Alignment in the Urban Domain. In: Métral C, Teller J, Tweed C (eds) Ontologies in Urban Development Projects. Springer, London, pp 55–68

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 (2014) Cartwheeling Spider Discovered. 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 (2007) Intercollegiate Athletics: Recent Trends in Teams and Participants in National Collegiate Athletic Association Sports. 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
De La Cruz CF (2009) A program evaluation of a literacy initiative for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida

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
Pilon M (2012) Chronicling The Business Of the Games. New York Times SP3

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lloyd 2001).
This sentence cites two references (Lloyd 2001; Dustin and Meyer-Hermann 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Dustin and Meyer-Hermann 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Emmerson et al. 2001)

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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