Suppose I have to write a book, how can I decide which citation style choose? I know that the most used are APA, MLA, ISO 690 but I don't understand what is the difference and which one is most used for what...

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I assume you are asking about an academic book, in which case the following applies:

  1. If the publisher's style guidelines specify what citation style to use (many do), then use that one.

  2. Otherwise, use the citation style that is commonly used in your field. Here is a list of the commonly used citation styles for many fields.

  3. Finally, if several styles are commonly used in your field and the publisher has no requirements, choose the one that you think will be most useful to the reader. (For example, depending on the content and style of your book, you may find footnote citations more useful than in-text citations, or vice versa.)

  • The link is broken :-(
    – G M
    Commented Jan 30, 2019 at 9:25

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