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Suppose that I am writing an entry for a paper in a conference proceeding by using @inproceedings. The conference took place in 2005, but its proceeding came out as a book in 2006. What year should I put in the year field of the entry?

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    The year the proceedings were published; 2006 in your case.
    – user94293
    Commented Jan 21, 2017 at 18:48
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    this is more an editorial question than a tex question. however, ..., the year field in a bib entry, even @inproceedings, is the year of publication, hence 2006. (a more "extended" entry would have a separate field for the conference year, but i don't believe bibtex offers that; don't know about biblatex.) Commented Jan 21, 2017 at 18:49
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    biblatex has eventdate field to record the date (year) when a conference happened.
    – Guido
    Commented Jan 21, 2017 at 19:43
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    Often, especially, in the 'extended' title of a Proceedings collection, the subtitle (or perhaps, to use biblatex terminology, as a 'titleaddon') will include information about the event. E.g. (using all three fields), title={Titles and Conferences}, subtitle={When Will the Ambiguities End?}, titleaddon={Proceedings of a Conference on Bibliographical Problems, Rome, 19--21 January, 2017},.
    – jon
    Commented Jan 21, 2017 at 19:59

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this is more an editorial question than a tex question. however, ...

the year field in a bib entry, even @inproceedings, is the year of publication, hence 2006.

a more "extended" entry would have a separate field for the conference year. in a comment, Guido reports that biblatex has the eventdate field to record the date when a conference took place. another comment, by jon, provides additional useful commentary.

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