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How to cite an unpublished thesis (I have not passed my PhD exam yet; so my thesis has not been published yet)?

In BibTex, I tried:

@phdthesis{r2014,
    author = {... ...},
    title = {...},
    school = {...},
    year = {2014}
        %note = {unpublished thesis}
}

however, the last entry is just a "note" and "unpublished" does not show up in the citation output.

On the other hand, if I use @unpublished rather than @phdthesis, the output does not show anything about this work being a phd thesis. any ideas?

  • 2
    What do you mean 'unpublished thesis'? – Joseph Wright May 27 '14 at 18:30
  • 1
    My guess is that the note doesn't show up because you have commented it out with %? – Sverre May 27 '14 at 18:43
  • 1
    Which bibliography style do you use? If you use the @misc entry type, you could put the "unpublished thesis" bit -- or should that maybe be "to be published thesis" or "Ph.D. thesis, fortcoming" -- in the note field. – Mico May 27 '14 at 18:59
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    I often just include this information in the year field. year="2014, to be published", or similar. – cslstr May 27 '14 at 19:45
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    The correct format in Chicago style is as follows for a bibliography: Lastname, First. "Title." PhD dissertation, University of X. 2014. – musarithmia Jan 10 '15 at 1:30
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I would say this depends on your bibliographic style and personal taste.

Using biblatex and the default style, you can get (code below): Compilation with 4 differents entries

On the other hand, if I use @unpublished rather than @phdthesis, the output does not show anything about this work being a phd thesis. any ideas?

There is something else : the school is not printed, so you have to tweak to add it (as a note, or something else).

Personally, I would definitely choose the @phdthesis for

  • This is what this document is,
  • It will be easier to update your bib file, as you will just have to comment the unpublished.
  • It reflects the fact that this document is "scholar".


Code :

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[backend=bibtex]{biblatex}
\RequirePackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents*}{bib.bib}
@phdthesis{mephd2014,
author={Myself, Roberto},
title={A great memoir},
school={UCXDX},
year={2014},
note={unpublished thesis}
}
@phdthesis{mepdh2014bis,
author={Myself, Roberto},
title={A great memoir},
school={UCXDX},
year={2014},
addendum={unpublished thesis}
}
@unpublished{meunpub2014,
author={Myself, Roberto},
title={A great memoir},
school={UCXDX},
year={2014},
note={unpublished thesis}
}
@unpublished{meunpub2014bis,
author={Myself, Roberto},
title={A great memoir},
school={UCXDX},
year={2014},
addendum={unpublished thesis}
}
\end{filecontents*}
\addbibresource{bib.bib}
\begin{document}
\noindent
\verb|@phdthesis| with note: \cite{mephd2014}\\
\verb|@phdthesis| with addendum: \cite{mepdh2014bis}\\
\verb|@unpublished| with note: \cite{meunpub2014}\\
\verb|@unpublished| with addendum: \cite{meunpub2014bis}
\printbibliography
\end{document}

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