I want to cite an IEEE norm in a document. They provide several way to cite it on their website and in particular bibTeX. This is perfect because I use LaTeX.

However, the citation does not contain any author field. This raise a warning.

Should I keep this warning or modify the entry to avoid it? And in this case, what should I enter as author?

Link to the norm page. In abstract, go to download citation.

For example bibTeX citation only:

journal={IEEE Std 754-2008},
title={IEEE Standard for Floating-Point Arithmetic},
keywords={IEEE standards;floating point arithmetic;programming;IEEE standard;arithmetic formats;computer programming;decimal floating-point arithmetic;754-2008;NaN;arithmetic;binary;computer;decimal;exponent;floating-point;format;interchange;number;rounding;significand;subnormal},
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    If the citation provided by the publisher doesn't include an entry for author, then it's likely there isn't meant to be one. What does your preferred citation style say about documents with no author? Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 7:56
  • @Andrew I use the IEEE bibliographic. Nothing about missing auteur. When I made my document I just have nothing printed as author nor a comma before the Title of the paper Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 9:14
  • @StephanKolassa the link where to download the document in the bibliography? Yes I can Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 9:22

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I assume that the venue you want to publish in follows the IEEE editorial style guide. On page 38, the guide shows how to reference standards:

Basic Format:

[1] Title of Standard, Standard number, date.


[1] IEEE Criteria for Class IE Electric Systems, IEEE Standard 308, 1969.

[2] Letter Symbols for Quantities, ANSI Standard Y10.5-1968.

So this is what the end result should look like. If this is your end result, you can disregard warnings.

However, I'd assume that BibTeX issues warnings about missing authors because it expects authors in the particular entry type you are using. You may need to recode your BibTeX file entry from, say, @Article to @Techreport. If you run into problems with (Bib)TeX, tex.SE may be helpful.

  • I've no problem with BibTeX nor TeX. It's more about the style than the warning and if I should had an author or not. As your answer pointed out, I may just disregard this warning. Thank you :-) Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 9:58

In my experience, the bibtex entries provided by many publishers are often quite bad, and IEEE is one of the worst offenders here. So it is quite common that one has to edit them before they become usable.

For this specific entry, the type "article" is clearly wrong, and the root of the problem.

  • As an example to support the claim, you could list this paper, for which IEEE simply skips one of the authors in its metadata and the exported bibliography entries. Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 10:17

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