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As an electronic engineer I often cite technical standards, specifications or data sheets. They come usually from a specific company or institution but do not have a specific author. I like to have them in my bibliography using all the required information like title, institution, year, version/revision/edition and type ("whitepaper", "data sheet", "standard" etc.). Unfortunately I failed to come up with a general solution for this. Often I used the misc or manual type but it often does not include all information.

What would be a suitable way to handle such citations? I need to use the IEEEtran class with the vancover (or similar) style for my current journal paper, but I also would welcome a general solution using biblatex (which I use for my thesis).

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I found the questions Bibtex entry to cite an article with unknown author? and Cite without author name which go into a similar direction, but offer no solution to my problem. – Martin Scharrer Jan 27 '12 at 14:38
I'd go with techreport, but I guess it has almost the same fields of either misc or manual. :( – Paulo Cereda Jan 27 '12 at 14:54
JabRef offers the entrytype standard, see: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/8817/… – matth Jan 27 '12 at 15:20

With biblatex I use manual:

    organization  = "NXP Semiconductors",
    title         = "High-speed CAN transceiver",
    number        = "TJA1043",
    year          =  2013,
    month         =  4,    
    note          = "Rev. 3"

    organization  = "Infineon Technologies AG",
    title         = "Dual Low Dropout Voltage Regulator",
    number        = "TLE 4473 GV55-2",
    year          =  2008,
    month         =  10,
    note          = "Rev. 1.2"

    organization  = "Freescale Semiconductor",
    title         = "Configurable Octal Serial Switch
                    with Open Load Detect Current Disable",
    year          =  2012,
    month         =  6,
    number        = "MC33879",
    note          = "Rev. 10.0"

referenced documents

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With JabRef I use misc or standard. The standards body is normally typed out fully, rather than abbreviated:

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In the building industry sometimes, specifications provide a list of standards.

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Could you also post the bibtex code for such an entry. Thanks. – Martin Scharrer May 27 '12 at 20:16
@MartinScharrer You mean the standards or the entries on top? I will check my computer at work and dig it out to-morrow. The standards is just a tabular. – Yiannis Lazarides May 27 '12 at 20:40
@YiannisLazarides If you got it somewhere, the BibTeX code would be appreciated :) – benregn Apr 15 '13 at 12:57
Random question: on what kind of OS did you make the screenshot? It clearly is a TNR variant but it looks so... oddly good. – henry Aug 15 '14 at 11:36

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