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I am writing a paper in English and have a couple of sources that have no author. In German there would be the abbreviation o.V. standing for ohne Verfasser which translates to no author in those cases.

How is this handled in English papers? Would an appropriate translation be n.a. standing for no author? Is there a way in Latex to automatically put something in place by just providing a bib entry without an author?

Instead of:

@online{cloud-ide04,
    author = {n.a.},
    title = {codeanywhere},
    publisher = {Codeanywhere, Inc.},
    urldate = {2018-03-26},
    url = {https://codeanywhere.com/}
}

Rather do:

@online{cloud-ide04,
    title = {codeanywhere},
    publisher = {Codeanywhere, Inc.},
    urldate = {2018-03-26},
    url = {https://codeanywhere.com/}
}
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    How about Anon. or Anonymous? – astronat Apr 21 '18 at 12:51
  • @astronat Well, I personally wouldn't mind doing that, but is there an existing APA rule or something? – Socrates Apr 21 '18 at 12:52
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    As far as APA goes I have no idea. However, if you want to omit the author field in the Bibtex entry entirely I think you can use the @misc citation instead of @online as you have posted here (have a look for similar on TeX SE if that is really what you want to do). Also n/a is usually taken to stand for "not applicable" so I would avoid using that. – astronat Apr 21 '18 at 12:56
  • Nothing changed visually when changing from @online to @misc. – Socrates Apr 21 '18 at 13:08
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    But anyway, seems in English there is no real placeholder for a not existing person within a bibliography. Instead the first thing might just be the title of the source instead. – Socrates Apr 21 '18 at 13:09
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Modern Language Association (8) dictates that when one piece of information is missing from a citation, one simply skips that piece of information within the citation.

For example, if I published a book called "Dogs", the final citation would start:

Fey, Mercurial. Dogs.

If I had published it without an authors name, the citation would instead start:

Dogs.

Both citations would then continue with editors, volumes, and publishers.

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    If doing this with a bib file, it can be good to provide a sorting key to avoid warnings about missing fields. – JAB Apr 26 '18 at 23:15

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