Why do the contents of the ISBN field not appear?



author={Committee   B/525/1},
journal={BS 6399-2:1997}, title={Loading for buildings. Code of practice for wind loads},
publisher = {BSI},
ISBN     = {0 580 27447 0},
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  • plain is an old style. It doesn't know ISBNs. It wouldn't know a field androidversion either. – Johannes_B Sep 14 '17 at 7:51
  • try deplain.bst from comedy.dante.de/~herbert/Bibliography/german It knows the ISBN field – user2478 Sep 14 '17 at 8:15

There are two [2] reasons for why the isbn field isn't showing up:

  • The plain bibliography style is more than 30 years old. (Yes, really!) As such, plain isn't programmed to recognize fields such as isbn, url, doi, eid, issn, and a few others that are recognized by, say, the plainnat bibliography style.

  • Using the @article entry type is simply wrong for the entry at hand. Moreover, even with the plainnat bibliography style the @article entry type is not programmed to do anything with a field called isbn.

    In plainnat, the @article entry type does do something with a field called issn (International Standard Serial Number) but not with isbn (International Standard Book Number).

I suggest you (a) use the plainnat bibliography style and (b) change the entry type to @book.

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author    = {Committee B/525/1},
note      = {BS 6399-2:1997}, 
title     = {Loading for buildings. Code of practice for wind loads},
year      = {1997},
publisher = {BSI},
ISBN      = {0 580 27447 0},


  • Optional: Change "BSI" to "British Standards Institute". At least some of your readers will appreciate not having to parse the acronym. – Mico Sep 14 '17 at 8:21

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