The AIP Style is a manual of style created and developed by the American Institute of Physics. It is the most common style used in physics publications..[1][2][3]

AIP Style Guide

The AIP Style Guide is the book that defines the AIP style. It is distributed for free by AIP on their website in the section Featured Resources for Researchers.[4] The most recent version is the 4th edition, published in 1990.[5] The 1st edition was published in 1951, at the request of the AIP Publication Board.[5]


The following editions, revisions, reprints have been realized:[5]


The 4th edition is organized as follows:[5]

AIP citation format

The AIP Style Guide includes a definition of the AIP citation format, via TABLE II of the "10. Footnotes and references" section of Chapter II.[5] They are also covered in C. Lipson's Cite Right[1], as well as in a document by Taylor & Francis[6], and by various university library resources[3][2][7][8].

Various reference management software include modules to export sources to AIP citation format, including Zotero[9] and EndNote[10]

Journal articles

For journal articles, some examples of proper AIP citation formats are reproduced below:

Some of the criteria include[1][6]

Relation to APS and ACS styles

While the American Physical Society (APS) has its own style guide defined via the document Physical Review Style and Notation Guide,[11] it still uses the AIP citation format and follows much of the style conventions of the AIP style. In chemistry, there is the ACS style, created and developed by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

See also


  1. ^ a b c Lipson, Charles (2006). Cite Right. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-48475-4. OCLC 62533865.
  2. ^ a b "Citation and style manuals - American Institute of Physics (AIP)". Virginia Tech. Retrieved 2023-10-25.
  3. ^ a b "Science & Engineering Citation Style Guide: American Institute of Physics (AIP)". USC Libraries. Retrieved 2023-10-26.
  4. ^ "Featured Resources for Researchers". American Institute of Physics. Retrieved 2023-10-25.
  5. ^ a b c d e f AIP Style Manual - Prepared under the Direction of the AIP Publication Board (PDF) (4th ed.). American Institute of Physics. 1990. ISBN 978-0-88318-642-8. OCLC 471598204.
  6. ^ a b "Taylor & Francis Reference Style O - AIP" (PDF). Taylor & Francis.
  7. ^ "AIP Style". Berry College Memorial Library. Retrieved 2023-10-26.
  8. ^ "Discipline-specific Style Guides". duPont-Ball Library. Retrieved 2023-10-26.
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  11. ^ Waldron, Anne; Judd, Peggy; Miller, Valerie (2011). Physical Review Style and Notation Guide (PDF). American Physical Society.