Include short title in in-body citation?

Oct 9, 2012 at 5:26 AM
Edited Oct 9, 2012 at 5:27 AM

Hi there,

It would be handy if our authors could input a short title for each citation in the bibliography, and then have that displayed in the in-body citation. This would help to ensure that our documents are referred to consistently throughout our documentation suite.

To illustrate, the full title of a document might be The Official Acme Widget Company Handbook for Employees, with the short title being The Employee Handbook, since it's only used internally. It would be desirable if the in-body citation could call this short title along with a numeric reference, thus:

"... as noted in The Employee Handbook [1], all staff are required to ...".

Any suggestions that you could offer about this would be greatly appreciated. For what it's worth, we're using the CSE - Citation Sequence style, which in other respects fits our needs very well.

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Oct 10, 2012 at 8:27 AM

I don't really understand the question. There is a short title type available for most types of sources (Book, book section, article in a periodical, conference proceedings, report, internet site, ...) so why don't you use that one?

All you would have to do is extend the in-text citation format string to include the short title using the 'variable' %ShortTitle%.

So where you now have something like

<format>%RefOrder%</format>

you would then use something like

<format>{%ShortTitle% }[%RefOrder%]</format>

and make the default open and close brackets empty to avoid the entire thing to be surrounded by [ ].

Oct 11, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Thanks Yves, that's exactly what I needed.