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How can I write a BibTeX entry for a special issue of a journal? I've tried using @book, but then I get

Warning--can't use both volume and number fields in <entry>

I use natbib with abbrvnat, and I have the following fields for my entry:

  • editor
  • title
  • publisher
  • year
  • volume
  • number
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This is a function of the bibliography style, not of BiBTeX itself. If I use another bibstyle the warning doesn't arise, with a @Book entry. – Alan Munn Jun 30 '11 at 1:12
use @article or @proceedings for this entry – Herbert Jun 30 '11 at 10:38
@Herbert using @proceedings won't help here, since it also is formatted as a book volume, and disallows both volume and number in abbrvnat.bst. And @article isn't ideal either, since it expects an author field, not an editor field. – Alan Munn Jun 30 '11 at 17:04

If it's a special issue that happens to be the proceedings of a conference, then there is the @proceedings type which (according to emacs reftex) takes the following arguments:

  title =    {},
  year =     {},
  OPTkey =   {},
  OPTbooktitle = {},
  OPTeditor =    {},
  OPTvolume =    {},
  OPTnumber =    {},
  OPTseries =    {},
  OPTaddress =   {},
  OPTmonth =     {},
  OPTorganization = {},
  OPTpublisher = {},
  OPTnote =      {},
  OPTannote =    {}

Note the optional ones are prefaced by OPT and you will need to remove the OPT and all the fields you are not using to get this to work.

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This doesn't solve the problem. The issue is not with the entry-type or the available fields, it's with the way the abbrvnat.bst style decides to format those entries. The @Book entry has basically the same fields. – Alan Munn Jun 30 '11 at 13:55

biblatex offers the entry type @periodical for a "complete issue of a periodical, such as a special issue of a journal" (manual, section 2.1.1).





  editor = {Fischel, William A.},
  year = {1990},
  title = {Land Economics},
  issuetitle = {Private Markets, Public Decisions: An Assessment of Local Land-Use Controls for the 1990s},
  volume = {66},
  number = {3},
  url = {http://www.jstor.org/stable/i357971},





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@Thomas (and others) should be aware that the @periodical entry type also exists in standard BiBTeX, but with a different semantics (essentially the same as @article) so this is truly a biblatex-only solution, and won't work with natbib at all. – Alan Munn Jul 3 '11 at 20:55
@Alan: I re-checked Patashnik, BibTeXing, and Markey, Tame the BeaST, and neither source lists a @periodical type. – lockstep Jul 3 '11 at 21:01
You're right. I was making assumptions based on BibDesk, which I shouldn't have done. So the basic point remains: this is a biblatex-only solution. (As you know; I'm just adding the comment for clarity.) – Alan Munn Jul 3 '11 at 21:38

Here's something quick-and-dirty I did (in standard Bibtex) in order to cite a special issue and it produced a result that was good for my purposes.

   title = {Special issue on 50 years of {B}ell's theorem},  
    author  =  {Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical},  
  volume  = {47(42)},  
  month   = {October},  
  year    = {2014},  
  publisher = {IOP Science},  
  url     = { -- OMITTED -- },  
  note    = {\url{  -- OMITTED -- }}  
% Volume 47, Number 42, 24 October 2014  

[[I had remove the url's so that the tex.stackexchange session manager would allow me to post this.]]

Here's the result it produced with the "plain" bibliography style.

[17] Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. Special issue on 50 years of Bell's theorem, volume 47(42). IOP Science, October 2014. http://iopscience.iop.org/1751-8121/47/42.

Where the title "Special issue on 50 years of Bell's theorem" was emphasized (in italics).

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