Physics Essays Aip

3.4             AIP (American Institute of Physics)

 AIP style is used mainly in Physics courses. Many UOIT professors may have a preference as to the citation and reference style they want you to use, so it is important to clarify their expectations for citations and referencing. AIP references are very brief and use abbreviations for the titles of journals. 

TIP: Meet with your professor before using these abbreviations to ensure they are acceptable. 

What does AIP style look like? 

According to the AIP website, there are two ways to format your citations and references.

A.By number, in order of first appearance in the essay. In the reference list, number the source (in the order it was used), then give the names of the authors, the journal name, volume, first page number only, and year, as in: 19 L. M. Pecora, T. L. Carroll, G. A. Johnson, D.J. Mar, and J. F. Heagy, Chaos 7, 520 (1997).

In the body of the essay, cite the source as 19 or Ref. 19 at the point where the information is used.This source will be cited as "Pecora et al. (1997)." If there are several papers by the same author(s) and the same year, they should be distinguished by letters, as in (1997a).

B. In alphabetical order according to the first author's last name; also include the title of the paper cited, journal name, volume, first and last page, and year, as in: Pecora, L. M., Carroll, T. L., Johnson, G. A., Mar, D. J., and Heagy, J. F., "Fundamentals of synchronization in chaotic systems, concepts, and applications," Chaos 7, 520-543 (1997).

Number references according to their alphabetical order. In the body of the essay, the source is cited by its number in the reference list.

How does AIP style compare with other scientific styles?

AIP is different in that it is acceptable to use one of two different styles.



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Pavel Kornilovich is a runner-up in the “Physics in 2116” essay contest run by AIP’s “Physics Today”. Pavel’s essay, “African Arrow sees hints of structure in the fabric of space”,  imagines the result of a giant accelerator experiment 100 years in the future that probes energy scales at which the four known forces would be unified.  Of about 200 entries, four essays were chosen for publication in the December 2016 edition of “Physics Today”.  The other essays speculated about the implications of future technologies for privacy, emergent consciousness, and a future telescope, the “Asteroid Belt Astronomical Telescope”, built from polished asteroids.  Happy reading!

Pavel Kornilovich is a Courtesy Professor of Physics at Oregon State University and a Senior Technologist at HP Inc in Corvallis.


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