Information to provide in the bibliography entries

Appendix C)  

We hope that the community will understand the convenience and power of
the BibNet bibliography database, and will promptly provide INFORMATION
that is as complete and correct as possible.

C.1) Publication types to enter in a bibliography

All publication types will be found in the BibTeX templates
(see C.2) and include:


Bibliography entries for preprints as well as refereed publications
are encouraged; if a preprint or report is subsequently published, you
can add a cross-reference note somewhat like this

      note = "This paper supersedes an earlier technical report

C.2) BibTeX templates

The file


contains a collection of empty BibTeX entry templates,
and one example of use of each of them.  In the templates,
names beginning OPT are optional, though recommended;

NOTICE: when a value is supplied, remove the OPT prefix.

C.3) Suggested information fields

Useful information include

  keywords =          " ...., ....., ..... ",

which can be used in bibliographic searches, and

  abstract =          " .... "

For books, it is highly desirable to include the International
Standard Book Number (ISBN), as was done in the Lamport citation
in Appendix A:

  ISBN =         "0-201-15790-X",

ISBNs have been in use since the early 1970s; they uniquely identify
the publisher and the book, and incorporate a check digit for enhanced
reliability.  Many bookstores now require ISBNs for orders.  Some
libraries allow catalog lookup by ISBN (e.g. University of
California's Melvyl system: "find isbn 0-201-15790-X").  The bibclean
tool in Appendix D can validate ISBNs, and also ISSNs (International
Standard Serial Numbers).

For software and other electronically-accessible material, it will be
useful to incorporate references to retrieval locations in the
bibliography.  There is as yet no standard BibTeX field for this
purpose, so please use a field name of URL, such as

  URL =          "",

from the Mosaic and World-Wide Web `Uniform Resource Locator', and
will develop support for that field in BibTeX style files.  From the
WWW frequently-asked-questions documentation:

        4. What is a URL?

        URL stands for "Uniform Resource Locator". It is a draft
        standard for specifying an object on the Internet, such as a
        file or newsgroup.

        URLs look like this:

         o file://
         o file://
         o news:alt.hypertext
         o telnet://

        The first part of the URL, before the colon, specifies the
        access method. The part of the URL after the colon is
        interpreted specific to the access method. In general, two
        slashes after the colon indicate a machine name (machine:port
        is also valid).

Further details can be found in the Uniform Resource Locators document
in the file bibnet/url.txt.