How do I use IEEE and AIP bibliography styles in biblatex? Is there a resource somewhere that has bbx and cbx style files?

For AIP, I have seen REVTeX, but it only uses the basic BibTeX bst, not the BibLaTeX bbx and cbx. Also, I do not know how to use just the bibliography style without having to use the REVTeX document class.


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I have just uploaded a first version of biblatex-ieee to CTAN. This should implement most of the style of the BibTeX part of the IEEEtran bundle. Obviously some testing is needed, but this should enable you to use something very close to the IEEE style using biblatex.

There is now also a biblatex-phys package on CTAN. At present, this covers the styles which REVTeX provides: the AIP and APS approaches.

  • I've seen :) PRL, Appl. Phys. Lett., Phys. Rev., Opt. Lett. all seem to have almost the same style. And if you add titles to them, you cover at least non-letter OSA journals (Optics Express, Applied Optics, JOSA). I could send a bunch of papers for examples if needed and test the style on my thesis. I've actually already tried to get the result with your existing styles, but it's tough for a biblatex newbie. BTW, a personal request: please see how online resources are referenced. In particular one doesn't always need URLs for papers and books, but does need them for web-sites.
    – texnic
    Jun 6, 2012 at 20:11
  • "something very close": what would be the potential differences with the official IEEE style (i.e., what should we look out for)?
    – 0 _
    Aug 11, 2017 at 3:10
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    @IoannisFilippidis I've got as close as I can to the ieeetran documentation, but even then the only official version is what they do in their publications. (Ultimately that might be hand-adjusted: in my own area one sees different formatting for 'unusual' references depending presumably on who actually typeset them.)
    – Joseph Wright
    Aug 11, 2017 at 4:45
  • Thanks for elaborating on this point, @JosephWright. Indeed, without a precise specification it can be difficult to anticipate differences.
    – 0 _
    Aug 11, 2017 at 5:58

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