# locally disable automatic ylabel rotation

Ordinate axis labels are rotated by default. This is not useful in case of short, single letter labels such as $\phi$.

How can I suppress rotation easily in a given plot? I couldn't find anything about it in section 4.8.3 (Labels).

With, e. g.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{pgfplots}
\pgfplotsset{compat=1.8}

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{axis}[
xlabel=$x$,
ylabel=$\phi$
]

You can disable the rotation of the y label by adding ylabel style={rotate=-90} to the axis options.