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?

,   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}
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    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

I've found a really useful example here.

Here's the code:

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.

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    I think putting ISO-13586:2000(E) as author is better. example found here – Foad May 1 '18 at 15:20
  • What does the volume mean in this case? – Fr4nc3sc0NL Dec 6 '20 at 22:39

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

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


According to Sec. 17.2. (page 29) of the IEEE Style Guide, the bibtex style @techreport seems to be the most versatile fit, maintaining traceability within the text regarding LaTeX citation style and maintaining compatibility to bibtex and biber backends.

As suggested by Foad, put the standard number into the author field in {...} to maintain capitals and to prevent abbreviation. I format the number according to the template {Organisation Number-Part:Year}, for example:

{ISO/IEC 42010-3:2000}

This one is applicable for a range of standards, though, not all. (I have been using @misc in the past but have changed. Unfortunately, biber's @standard style is incompatible with bibtex and the latter is required for some journals.)

For alternative formatings, see here.

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