AIP Style Manual
Style Manual Carleton Physics & Astronomy Department
The materials following and on the side of the page include excerpts, reproduced by permission, from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) Style Manual (4th edition, 1990). This manual is the rule book for material submitted to the journals published by the AIP, which comprise most of the physics literature published in the U.S. They include Physics Review, American Joumal of Physics, Review of Scientific Instruments, and many others. Most American physicists refer to the manual frequently and follow its dictates when writing; you should too when writing Carleton physics papers, and in particular when you prepare your senior Integrative Exercise ("Comps") paper.
Because your Carleton papers will not, in general, be written for AIP publication, some parts of the full AIP Style Manual will not be relevant to or important for your work; we have removed most of this material. In addition, our needs and traditions dictate certain changes and additions. Such material has been inserted in a distinguishing font.
Just as different AIP journals have their own variations on standard style, so will papers for different Carleton courses. Be sure to check for any specific style rules that may apply to your particular course; the dictates of this manual are meant to be the default case.
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- Summary information for journal contributors
- Principles and suggestions to help the author present a body of scientific information in a smooth and coherent form.
- Rules for grammar and punctuation as applied to scientific writing.
- Mathematical expressions
- Guidelines for using figures in papers.
- Units of Measure
- A list of abbreviations that may be used without explanation.