I am writing a documentation for a study project. I'm using the IEEEtran style for citations. I've noticed that the titles of web documents (exported as @misc in the .bib file) always close with the comma first and then the quotation mark follows. I also found multiple examples online, for example this one: https://libguides.murdoch.edu.au/ieee/internet

Why is the comma in the title within the quotation marks and not outside, like this:

[#]A. Author, "Document title", Webpage name,...

Is this a mistake, or is there some kind of explanation?


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It is common American style to move following punctuation inside quotation marks (even if "logically" one would expect it to go outside). See for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quotation_marks_in_English#Order_of_punctuation and the discussion at https://www.theguardian.com/media/mind-your-language/2011/may/19/mind-your-language-punctuation-quotations

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