[OS X TeX] Are two bib files needed to get correct issue numbers?

Piet van Oostrum piet at cs.uu.nl
Mon May 15 03:30:48 EDT 2006

>>>>> Matthew Inglis <m.j.inglis at warwick.ac.uk> (MI) wrote:

>MI> I often have to prepare documents using either the APA citation style  or,
>MI> for example, the Harvard style. This causes a big problem  regarding issue
>MI> numbers:

>MI> The APA style demands that issue numbers are not included at all  unless
>MI> each and every issue of the journal begins at page 1.  Consequently if you
>MI> include an issue number in your bib file the  apacite package assumes the
>MI> journal numbers each issue from p.1 and  includes the issue number. Most
>MI> other styles (including Harvard),  however, demand that issue numbers are
>MI> always included.

>MI> The only way I can find to satisfy these requirements is to maintain  two
>MI> different bib files, one that only includes issue numbers for  those
>MI> articles in journals which begin each issue at page 1, and one  bib file
>MI> with all issue numbers included. This is obviously annoying,  and it seems
>MI> to me that the format of bib files should be independent  of citation
>MI> style.

Another solution might be to code the issue field in the bibtex file as
\issue{n}, and the define \issue in you latex file as identity or noop.
This presupposes that the bibstyle accepts anything as issue number, not
just numerical values.
Piet van Oostrum <piet at cs.uu.nl>
URL: http://www.cs.uu.nl/~piet [PGP 8DAE142BE17999C4]
Private email: piet at vanoostrum.org
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