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What is the correct way to reference in BibTeX an article that has no title yet? All the information I have right now is a list of authors (not even certain), a year (perhaps), and the knowledge of what I am going to write in that article.

The bib entry I currently use is

@misc{work-in-progress,
 author    = "{Work in progress}",
}

because it prints the right thing (Work in progress.) in the bibliography using the style I use. However, it seems wrong, and surely won't always be displayed in a sensible way if I change the style. Also, BibTeX complains that the howpublished field is missing.

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    If howpublished has no meaning, then @unpublished would be more apt. – egreg Aug 29 '13 at 21:26
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    @egreg According to the BibTeX manual (and my test) @unpublished requires the fields author, title and note, while @misc should require none of the fields. Since I don't know the title (I could produce a reasonable guess, but I'd rather not), it seems I'm stuck with @misc. But thanks for pointing me to @unpublished as I had shamefully not checked the manual. – Bruno Le Floch Aug 29 '13 at 21:32
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    May I ask what is the reason for pointing to an not jet written work? I would -- if possible -- not refer to it until I know a titel or I would create an working title and would use it with the remark "working title (can be changed): ..." . – Mensch Aug 29 '13 at 22:53
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    I agree with Kurt; from your description (still no title, authors yet to determine, uncertainty about date), it's seems that there's no point in building a bibliographical entry for this work (at least not yet). You can simply add a mention to this work in the body of the document. – Gonzalo Medina Aug 29 '13 at 23:01
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    I think this needs the @unicorn entry type. – Alan Munn Aug 30 '13 at 0:51

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