I am trying to cite this British Standard in my Thesis, however using the usual @keysdoesn't really seem to help make it clear, is there a more practical way to do this as it doesn't really fall into any typical category?

@article{BSEN6232
,   author  = {British-Standard-Institution}
,   title   = {Part 2: Determination of density and porosity}
,   journal = {Advanced technical ceramics. Monolithic ceramics. Gerneral and textural properties.}
,   year    = {1993}
,   pages   = {1--16}
,   isbn    = {0580217728}
,   publisher   = {BSI}
,   institution = {British-Standard-Institution}
}
  • 1
    Unless you are following a specific style guide for citations (The Chicago Manual of Style does have a category for government documents), I would treat it as a book. The author is the standardization organization; the title is the full title as it appears on the title page; the standard number is either part of the title or gets a custom field like a series number; the location of publication is the headquarters of the standardization organization unless another place is specified on the title page; and the publisher is the standardization organization again. – musarithmia Sep 30 '14 at 15:25
  • @AndrewCashner thank you for your input, so there is no right way to go about it, the best thing is to state it in a way that shows all the detail without breaking the citation style. I am using IEEE as my style for now but I will go ahead and try it. Thank you for you help, I will update later. – Fiztban Sep 30 '14 at 16:50
up vote 20 down vote accepted

I've found a really useful example here.

Here's the code:

@techreport{ISO13586,
type = {Standard},
key = {ISO 13586:2000(E)},
month = mar,
year = {2000},
title = {{Plastics -- Determination of fracture toughness -- Linear elastic fracture mechanics ({LEFM}) approach}},
volume = {2000},
address = {Geneva, CH},
institution = {International Organization for Standardization}
}

And it outputs something like this:

ISO 13586:2000(E) (2000). Plastics – Determination of fracture toughness – Linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) approach. Standard, International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, CH.

Hope it helps.

  • I think putting ISO-13586:2000(E) as author is better. example found here – Foad May 1 at 15:20

After a lot of investigation I'm using this schema:

@techreport{iso_central_secretary_systems_2016,
address = {Geneva, CH},
type = {Standard},
title = {Systems and software engineering -- {Lifecycle} profiles for {Very} {Small} {Entities} ({VSEs}) -- {Part} 1: {Overview}},
shorttitle = {{ISO}/{IEC} {TR} 29110-1:2016},
url = {https://www.iso.org/standard/62711.html},
language = {en},
number = {ISO/IEC TR 29110-1:2016},
institution = {International Organization for Standardization},
author = {{ISO Central Secretary}},
year = {2016}
}

You can compare details with the official info: https://www.iso.org/standard/62711.html

I have another example using RIS format too.

Hope it helps

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