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verifybib - Verify an astronomical bibcode


  verifybib 1995MNRAS.276.1024J

  cat bibcodes.dat | verifybib


This program can be used to verify a standardized astronomical bibcode. Output is a summary of the valid bibcode.

If only one bibcode is supplied, exit status is bad if the bibcode is not valid.


The following options are supported:


Report the version number.


A help message.


This manual page.


The official ADS bibcode verifier can be found at:


Details on the bibcode standard can be obtained from

A complete description of the reference coding has been published as a chapter of the book "Information & On-Line Data in Astronomy", 1995, D. Egret and M. A. Albrecht (Eds), Kluwer Acad. Publ.

ADS seems to use non-standard bibcodes for meetings and conferences:


Tim Jenness <>


Copyright (C) 2004 Tim Jenness and the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council.

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Astro::Bibcode, Astro::ADS