4

Consider i have this bibtex:

@inproceedings{Ko:2011:SIW:2049536.2049545,
 author = {Ko, Eunjeong and Ju, Jin Sun and Kim, Eun Yi},
 title = {Situation-based indoor wayfinding system for the visually impaired},
 booktitle = {The proceedings of the 13th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility},
 series = {ASSETS '11},
 year = {2011},
 isbn = {978-1-4503-0920-2},
 location = {Dundee, Scotland, UK},
 pages = {35--42},
 numpages = {8},
 url = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2049536.2049545},
 doi = {10.1145/2049536.2049545},
 acmid = {2049545},
 publisher = {ACM},
 address = {New York, NY, USA},
 keywords = {2d color code, situation awareness, speeded-up robust feature (surf), visually impaired people, vocabulary tree., wayfinding system},
} 

(Taken from here: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2049536.2049545&coll=DL&dl=ACM&CFID=343070755&CFTOKEN=95221181 )

Can I simplify the name of the cite? like this:

@inproceedings{Ko11,        % Ko11 instead of Ko:2011:SIW:2049536.2049545
    ....

So I can simply do \cite{Ko11} ?

4
  • 7
    Yes, you can do exactly that. It will not change any of the output. Jun 24 '13 at 14:02
  • I asked this because I tought that code was an Identifier that was needed to collect the citation
    – dynamic
    Jun 24 '13 at 14:07
  • 3
    No it is just a key for your own use. Large databases often have non-user friendly keys, automatically generated. Changing the key to something more memorable is often useful. Jun 24 '13 at 14:09
  • @AndrewSwann an answer? :)
    – cmhughes
    Jun 24 '13 at 14:41
3

The general format for entries in bibtex files is:

@ENTRYTYPE{refkey,
....
}

where ... consists of keyword assignments such as author={Author, A. N.}, providing the actual data for the entry.

The refkey is a text string for identification of the entry in the bib file. It is exactly the string to be used when citing the entry, via \cite{refkey}, in your LaTeX file(s). This refkey string may consist of (ascii) alphabetic, numeric and some punctuation characters such as : and -. It should not contain a ,.

Subject to these limitations you may choose any string you wish. It is useful to make a memorable choice. Your LaTeX source will then be easier for you to read.

Large databases often provide non-user friendly refkeys that are automatically generated. These refkeys can and probably should be changed when including such entries in a personal database.

To conclude, your suggestion of changing your entry to

@inproceedings{Ko11,
 author = {Ko, Eunjeong and Ju, Jin Sun and Kim, Eun Yi},
 title = {Situation-based indoor wayfinding system for the visually impaired},
 booktitle = {The proceedings of the 13th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility},
 series = {ASSETS '11},
 year = {2011},
 isbn = {978-1-4503-0920-2},
 location = {Dundee, Scotland, UK},
 pages = {35--42},
 numpages = {8},
 url = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2049536.2049545},
 doi = {10.1145/2049536.2049545},
 acmid = {2049545},
 publisher = {ACM},
 address = {New York, NY, USA},
 keywords = {2d color code, situation awareness, speeded-up robust feature (surf), visually impaired people, vocabulary tree., wayfinding system},
}

and citing with

\cite{Ko11}

is a good idea and should be encouraged.

I personally use refkeys of the form

Ko-JK:indoor

with the last name of the first author followed by - and then initials of the last names of the other authors (if not too many) followed by : and one or two pertinent keywords from the title (separated by - if necessary). This is usually enough to remind me which article or book is being referred to.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.