I am starting a PhD, so reading papers and writing notes about them will be my routine for some months. I like to be organized so I try to add the interesting publications to a bib file. However, when writing my master dissertation, I didn't know how to organize my citation keys. I had some keys like
paper:smith03, others like
master:goodwin97a and even
I initially thought that
year was a good start but it then got a little out of control when I added authors that had the same last name or when the same author published many papers in the same year. I then tought about
first couple of words of publication, but it seemed to long, over-explained like the Hungarian notation of a variable (my initial approach was already a bit Hungarian-ish)
My question is: do you have any tips or good citation keys for bibtex entries?