Using the siunitx package, if I specify an error with the \pm symbol then it automatically converts it to a form using parenthesis. I would like it to not do this and keep the \pm symbol, but still space the elements of the quantity and symbol in a good way.

e.g. \SI{10 \pm 2}{\kelvin} would produce 10(1) K

I would like it to produce: 10\pm1 K or something similar with spacing taken care of.


2 Answers 2


You want the separate-uncertainty switch, p.30 of the documentation.


sets this format for every number, or


just for one.

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    Ant, you're a star, just the correct option. I'm surprised I didn't find it myself as I thought I did a search for "uncertainty" in the manual. No matter. Thanks very much
    – aghsmith
    Commented Sep 6, 2011 at 21:45
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    I'd note that \sisetup{separate-uncertainty=true} is also an option, which can be called in your document before you need the format change.
    – CharlieB
    Commented Dec 2, 2019 at 11:46
  • In version v3 of siunitx, use \qty instead of \SI.
    – Leone
    Commented Jul 7, 2022 at 19:23

I've just come across the same problem and this is how I solved it to my satisfaction:

in the preamble:

\usepackage[separate-uncertainty = true,multi-part-units=single]{siunitx}

in the text:


Produces the following output: 284 ± 10 A

If multi-part-units=single option isn't given, the result will look like: ((284 ± 10) A) which, in my opinion, is less than optimal.


  • Hmm, it even seemed multi-part-units=single was sufficient for me. You don't need the first part to achieve the same result... but that's 5 years later.
    – JHBonarius
    Commented Mar 3, 2018 at 18:28
  • I needed the first part as of 06/2019. Commented Jun 17, 2019 at 23:13
  • I had to use both separate-uncertainty=true to create the pm sign and multi-part-units=single to get rid of the parenthesis (i want 850±15 nm instead of (850±15) nm )
    – Zciurus
    Commented Mar 29, 2023 at 7:15

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