What is the APIC Text Online? How is it different from the printed APIC Text?

Put simply, The APIC Text Online (ATO) is the web-based version of the APIC Text, 4th edition -- but with regularly updated content and exciting features driven by an online platform. The ATO covers the same topics as the printed version, and maintains the same rigorous editorial standards: the authors are subject matter experts, and all content is peer-reviewed by our Clinical Editors prior to publication. The main difference is the online platform, which offers exciting benefits to subscribers.

Benefits of the online platform include:

  • Easy searchability: Use the “search” bar to search by topic, and find multiple pages of relevant content quickly and easily (Get tips on searching here)
  • Faster updating: The online platform allows the ATO to be responsive to changes in the field.
  • Increased accessibility: Read the APIC Text when and where you need to, on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • Printability: Like to read on paper? Print chapters on-demand using the “Print full chapter” feature

What’s the best way to read the ATO?

As an online resource, the ATO is not designed to be read chapter by chapter, as a book. The best way to use the ATO is to search by the topic you’re interested in.

To search, enter keywords (e.g., “Candida aurus”, listeria) in the Search Bar. The Search Bar is located on the top right-hand side of every page.

For tips on optimizing your search, click here.

You can also browse the ATO’s various chapters by visiting the Table of Contents, here. However, for best results, we encourage you to search by topic using the Search Bar. Our optimized search tool combs through the ATO’s many chapters in an instant, and shows you all the pages related to your area of interest, so you don’t miss anything.

Who determines what goes in the ATO?

The ATO’s coverage is determined by APIC staff and an Editorial Panel, composed of experts in the field of infection prevention and control. The Editorial Panel also reviews all content before it is published.

View the current Editorial Panel roster.

Who writes the ATO?

The ATO is written by dozens of authors from various fields related to infection prevention and control. Author information is located at the top of each chapter.

Authors are selected by the ATO Editorial Panel and are recognized subject-matter experts.



How do I purchase the APIC Text Online?

Access to the APIC Text Online is available via one-year subscriptions. Individual and institutional subscriptions are available.

Individuals: First-time, individual subscribers may subscribe online by adding the ATO to their shopping cart in the Online Store (credit card payment required), by emailing products@apic.org, or by calling (240) 646-7032. 
Institutional subscriptions: Institutional pricing for multiple users is available. To receive a quote, please complete the assessment. APIC will then provide you with a quote within 2 business days. Please also feel free to reach out to us directly at products@apic.org or (240) 646-7032.

Subscription renewals: To renew an existing subscription, please email products@apic.org or call (240) 646-7032.

Do I have to be an APIC member to subscribe?

No; the APIC Text Online is available to both APIC members and nonmembers. However, members receive a discounted rate.

For more information on APIC membership, visit https://apic.org/Member-Services/About-Membership.

My subscription is about to expire. How do I renew it?

Around the time your subscription is set to expire, you should receive a renewal form from APIC. Complete and return the form to renew your subscription.

If you have questions about renewal, please email products@apic.org or call (240) 646-7032.


Accessing the ATO

How do I access the APIC Text Online?

  • From Apic.org (the APIC homepage): Log in to your APIC member account. Under the “Resources” tab, click on “APIC Text Online.” This will redirect you to the APIC Text Online homepage. If you have an active ATO subscription, you will be automatically logged in to the APIC Text Online.
  • From Text.apic.org (the ATO homepage): Click the LOG-IN link in the top right-hand corner of the webpage. Enter your APIC member login credentials (Note: Your username is the email address associated with your account).

I can’t remember my password. What should I do?

On the “Login” page, click the “Forgot my password’ link. Enter the email address associated with your APIC member account. You will receive an email containing instructions on resetting your password.

If you continue to have issues with logging in, please contact our Customer Service department at products@apic.org or (240) 646-7032.

Help! I’m still having trouble logging in.

First, we recommend clearing your browser’s cookies, saved passwords, and autofill form data, then trying to log in again.

Still having login issues? Contact our Customer Service department at products@apic.org or (240) 646-7032.

What are the technical requirements to read the ATO on my device?

The ATO requires an internet connection and one of the following web browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari 

The ATO is also compatible with Android and iOS smartphones and mobile devices.

Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Disclaimer

What are the Terms of Use for the APIC Text Online?

By subscribing to the APIC Text Online, you accept our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and agree to our Disclaimer. We recommend that you review these pages before using the ATO.

Can I share my ATO subscription?

ATO subscriptions are intended only for the use of the individual or institutional subscriber. Any sharing of ATO log in information or content is a violation of our Terms of Use.

Can I print ATO chapters?

You are welcome to print ATO chapters for your personal use. To print, click the “Print Full Chapter” link at the top of the desired chapter.

Please note that the reuse or distribution of ATO chapters or content without the express written permission of APIC is a violation of U.S. copyright law. Sharing of ATO subscriptions is not authorized.

Can I reuse ATO content?

All content in the ATO is protected by U.S. copyright law, and reuse of any material (including text, tables, and figures) requires express written permission from APIC. Permission is granted on a case-by-case basis.

To request permission, please email products@apic.org. Please explain how you would like to use the material.

How do I cite the ATO in my research?

Please cite the ATO as follows:

[Chapter Author(s)]. [Chapter Title]. In Grota P., et al, eds. APIC Text Online. [Year of Publication]. Available at [hyperlink to page that was referenced]. Accessed [Month Day, Year]


Potts A, Wilson AC, Use of Statistics in Infection Prevention. In: Grota P, et al, eds. APIC Text Online. 2014. Available at http://text.apic.org/toc/epidemiology-surveillance-performance-and-patient-safety-measures/use-of-statistics-in-infection-prevention.  Accessed March 10, 2015.


I think I’ve found an error in the ATO. What should I do?

If you notice an inaccuracy in the ATO, we’d be grateful if you’d share it with us. Please complete the Feedback Form at the bottom of the chapter, or email us at products@apic.org.

I have ideas for improving the ATO. Whom do I contact?

We love hearing from you! Please send your ideas to us at products@apic.org.