Publication requires an email footnote on the title page for the corresponding author denoted by an asterisk. Using \email below the corresponding author's name successfully creates the required footnote, but uses a) as default rather than an asterisk. Is there any way to change the symbol type used by \email, or is it better to create the footnote some other way?

Example code:



\email[]{[email protected]}

  • Welcome to TeX.Stackexchange! Can you tell us which document class you are using? Commented Oct 4, 2017 at 20:25
  • Document class is revtex4-1 Commented Oct 4, 2017 at 20:27
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    The e-mail symbol seems to be a) for the AIP substyles of revtex4. If you are sure that the email should be put as an asterisk, check if aip is the correct option - if you remove it, an asterisk will be printed. Commented Oct 4, 2017 at 20:59

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The substyle file for aip does


so all you need is to revert the redefinition, but also to flip a switch that would otherwise make the code for \maketitle to choose again \@alph.




\email[]{[email protected]}



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Side note: there is no graphicx option to the document class. If you plan to include graphic files, add



  • This explanation nearly has it. Is there anyway to suppress the bracket so that there is only an asterisk? Commented Oct 5, 2017 at 7:05
  • Dear egreg, maybe you know the answer to this tex.stackexchange.com/q/627699/41144 ? thanks so much!
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