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Introduction to BibTeX and the Conference Type Entry

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BibTeX is a reference management system used to format lists of references in a document. It is widely used in academic writing, particularly in scientific and technical fields. In this guide, we will introduce you to the conference entry type in BibTeX and show you how to use it in your LaTeX documents.

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The Conference Entry Type

The conference entry type is used to refer to papers published in conference proceedings. The required fields for a conference entry are:

  • author: The name(s) of the author(s) of the paper.
  • title: The title of the paper.
  • booktitle: The name of the conference proceedings.
  • year: The year the conference was held.

Optional fields for a conference entry include:

  • editor: The name(s) of the editor(s) of the conference proceedings.
  • volume: The volume number of the proceedings.
  • number: The number of the proceedings.
  • series: The name of the series or set of books that the conference proceedings belong to.
  • pages: The page numbers on which the paper appears.
  • address: The location of the conference.
  • month: The month in which the conference was held.
  • organization: The organization that sponsored the conference.
  • publisher: The publisher of the proceedings.
  • note: Miscellaneous information.

Here is an example of a conference entry:

title = {The Effects of Climate Change},
author = {John Smith and Jane Doe},
year = 2022,
month = {June},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the Annual Conference on Climate Change},
publisher = {Springer},
address = {Los Angeles, CA},
pages = {55--62},
note = {This is a sample entry for a paper in conference proceedings.},
editor = {Bob Johnson},
organization = {Climate Change Association}

Using the Conference Entry Type in LaTeX

Once you have created a conference entry in your BibTeX file, you can reference it in your LaTeX document using the \cite command. For example:

According to \cite{example_conference}, climate change has significant effects on the planet.

In this example, the example_conference entry in the references.bib file is cited using the \cite command. The bibliography is then generated using the plain style.