I would like to enter a PDF book I have purchased into a bibtex library using JabRef. JabRef requires the publisher and editor information for "Book" type entries. In the inside cover of my book I see the following useful information:

Academic Press is an Imprint of Elsevier

Library of Congress Cataloguing-in-Publication Data A catalog record for this book is available from the Library of Congress British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library Publisher: Glyn Jones Acquisition Editor: Glyn Jones Editorial Project Manager: Naomi Robertson Production Project Manager: Kiruthika Govindaraju Designer: Christian Bilbow

Some more information about the book can be found in this link

I am inclined to place Elsevier as the editor and Academic Press as the Publisher. I also know that that Academic Press is owned by Elsevier. I have looked up the individuals stated in the Editorial Project Manager and the Publisher sections and they seem to work for Elsevier at this time. However I also note that Tsinghua University Press is mentioned in the cover of the book so I am not sure what their role was and whether they need to be included in the citation.

What should I place in the Editor and Publisher fields in JabRef, respectively?

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The label editors refers to human individuals, while the publisher is always a company.

First, the editors: In the context of a book, it only makes sense to talk about 'editors' if the book is an edited volume. Otherwise the people who wrote the book are 'authors'. - - In your case, there do not seem to be any 'editors' at all, but only 'authors' (X.Z., Z.C., and Y.L.). Are you sure that the editors-field is mandatory?

Secondly, the publisher: Formally, yes, the publisher is Elsevier, but if it uses an imprint (here: Academic Press), then you should name the imprint. Do not name the overarching company of the imprint. A publisher can use various imprints in order to circulate books under various trade names (each with different reputations and specificities); to a publisher, the name of the imprint is really one of the main purposes of using an imprint. Therefore, list the imprint (Academic Press), and not the overarching company (Elsevier).

(Why Tsinghua University Press is mentioned in the cover, I do not know; it might have something to do with Elsevier's co-publishing agreement with Tsinghua Univ. Press.)

  • In JabRef the editor label is mandatory but it doesn't complain if I leave it blank... strange
    – user32882
    Dec 26, 2020 at 15:56

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