The question was already asked (here and here) but I was not able to find a proper answer:

How can I cite a dataset with bibtex?

I'm using Zenodo as a place to put my data, and I have a DOI. So I include the DOI and the URL, I put Zenodo as the publisher and I'm a bit blocked to explicitly show in the bibliography that this is a dataset.

When I use the "report" type, it is written "Technical report" in my bibliography. With data, I would use a "misc" type, but I would like to write, similarly to "Technical report", "Dataset".

How would you cite a dataset? Anyone already met this issue? Not in the bibliography?

Zenodo official recommendation is:

Last name, First name (year). Title. ZENODO. 10.5281/zenodo.8492

But their bibtex exporter does not work.

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    Can't you use the note field to specify that it is a dataset? I'm not entirely clear why @misc isn't suitable. An example would probably help.
    – cfr
    Mar 30, 2014 at 18:15
  • I am using this to cite code on github via zenodo in miktex via bibtex.
    – kzarns
    Jun 14, 2015 at 0:50

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I finally chose to use "misc" type with:

Howpublished = {Dataset on Zenodo},

It gives:

Last name, A. (year). Title, Dataset on Zenodo. URL: http ://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8492

I don't know if it is the best or most common way to quote a dataset, but it is the way I'll do it for now.

One side comment: the "Howpublished" field seems impossible to access from Mendeley.

I'm still interested in any reference about how to quote datasets.

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