Well this is a issue related with two different things. In the first one we have the
@proceedings category of BibTeX and the obligatory fields its admit (
author, title, booktitle, publisherand
year). In fact the issue is with àddress`that is misused the most of times.
In the other hand, perhaps part of the problem is the own design of BibTeX. I don't mean that it's wrong or bad but it has certain limitations. And I guess that the existence of many packages such as as NatBib is for overcome these deficiencies and expand what BibTeX itself is able to do, which is no small matter. I guess that's the origin of
biblatex that improves and expand the arsenal of fields available for the entry types and also creates more flexible ones. In fact, in the case of @proceedings and @inproceedings exists a new entry field for the address of the conference:
location that you can now use correctly without usurp the
By what I see, move from bibtex to biblatex can help solve some problems like that. However, in my opinion that does not solve the underlying problem: (almost) nobody knows to cite right the references, many people can not distinguish between a system of bibliographic citation and bibliographic style. Moreover, many of these people do not even know what bibliographical style they are using and why, does it simply because someone else told them (including many academics and researchers). And as it is something that they ignore, of course do not give it importance. At least that's the sad reality that I live.
However, although many authors and researchers ignore these topics and are engaged to employ styles that are assigned to them according to the journal which will publish, it is something that publishers are not overlooked.
And of course there is more scrupulous (such as participating in this forum) and maybe picky people by the difficulties inherent or otherwise begins to ask questions like this.
But ... To what extent this is relevant? Many times, because the rush is sometimes better to make an unorthodox use of the entry fields rather than redefining the bibliographic style to use, however if you take a look at google Academic see that many of the books and references that appear, when you downloaded in
.bib format are incomplete at best, or the data does not fit at all. Sometimes instead of using
@proceedings, merely use
Whom should care about this? How important is the accuracy of the references? Besides the aforementioned editors I think any author who cares that your readers can successfully access their references.
Similarly any researcher seeking to have their well catalogued references will invest time that they are accurate as far as possible with the data he/she have available. At the end will save a lot of time and may be efficient and time off from work citing his/her references. For the rest of mortals may be just too picky or a waste of time, I don't know.
Finally about the correct way to do this... There are manuals that can guide us in this regard, in English one basic and would be highly recommend is The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS or CMS) (16th edition). I don't know about others, but I do know that there are rules and norms about it. One that maybe you should check out is the ISO 690:2010. There is also the NLM (National Library of Medicine) and others.
Well the references I wrote yesterday are not available freely in the web as many other books I cited before. Actually had not seen any problem with it, they are probably available in your university library or somewhere close if you are not interested in paying for the book or document.
Just as an author is not obliged to provide its potential readers all references used, simply refer them well, I'm not going to provide access to the mine, less even if this can be considered a crime in some places.
But I'll take the comment to make a more precise references, in the case of CMS, well isn't free, but you can search in the official web site and you can buy an online subscription or register for a free trial of 30 days and reaad what you need. In fact my suggestions is to read the chapter 14 that treats about references. Specifically sections 14.133 to 14.138 and the chapter 15.
In regard to the ISO norm I'm afraid that I don't have it, I could only view it with no option to copy or duplicate by any digital or mechanical device. I also want to thank Moewe for his correction about what I said before about using
Finally I want to emphasize that the CMS is a reference manual designed for English style, so if English is not usually the language you use to create your documents, maybe their standards, suggestions and rules inside are not the most advisable.