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I want to cite multiple articles from the same journal issue. So I thought that having one BibTeX entry for the journal issue and then cross-referencing it from each article's entry would be the proper way to go. What is the right entry type to use for the journal issue?

I'd like to have something like this:

@article{foo1,
  title="a",
  author="b",
  crossref="foo"
}

@journal{foo,
  booktitle="The Foo Journal",
  editor="Wong SCNR Foo",
  year=1970,
  publisher="Foo Associates"
}

The problem is that there is no "journal" entry type.

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    If I understand your setup correctly, the entries of type @article only have the fields journal, year,volume, and number in common. By creating a common cross-reference you'll save four lines per entry, but then you have to add one line (the crossref field) for each of these entries -- and you also have to create a new entry that contains the information that's common to all the other entries. Is it worth the trouble? You do the math... – Mico Aug 26 '14 at 21:38
  • I like to follow the DRY principle. If I have an error in any of the shared fields I'd have to fix it in all affected entries. Having one common cross-reffed entry would get that down to fixing it at one place only. Also: what's the difference between a journal and a proceedings? – Matthias Aug 26 '14 at 21:47
  • You can do something similar with inproceedings cross-referencing a proceedings entry. This however requires title and booktitle. If this does not destroy the generated bibliography and you can live with a warning from Bibtex and possibly an individual entry for the whole issue in your bibliography, you could do it. I recently had this idea, too, but decided against it, because I want the bib to be usable for journal submissions and cannot guarantee such a setup to work. If supporting third-party styles was not an issue, I would use @Xdata entry-containers and biblatex + biber. – Valryne Feb 10 '16 at 21:37

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