I have noticed in some citations that the journal or conference name is split up, for example "Neat Stuff, International Conference on" instead of "International Conference on Neat Stuff." For example:

Ragsdale, Daniel J., et al. "Adaptation techniques for intrusion detection and intrusion response systems." Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, 2000 IEEE International Conference on. Vol. 4. IEEE, 2000.

Is there any reason for writing the reference this way?

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    Where did you get this specific citation example? If it is from a journal, then the answer might be the specific citation style. My guess is, that in this case, the journal wants to have it that way?!
    – Stefan_W
    Jul 14, 2017 at 9:18
  • Here is the conference page: ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/884952
    – Erik M
    Jul 14, 2017 at 16:23
  • If you click on the 'Browse Conferences', you see that the links/conferences are listed by year and then the name. This might be the result of the specific citation style...
    – Stefan_W
    Jul 14, 2017 at 20:48

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There are a virtually unlimited number of conferences whose title is of the form:

"[Society] [International] [Conference|Workshop|Symposium] on XYZ"

where "International" is optional and the optional "Society" is a big organization like IEEE, ACM, ACS, etc.

Since there's basically no information in the first part, the organizers and attendees of these conferences will tend to refer to them as the informative "XYZ", ignoring the preamble. Citations often do the same (e.g., just "XYZ" as venue, and sometimes even just the initials), particularly in page-limited publications such as standard IEEE proceedings.

The "XYZ, IEEE International Conference on" form is then a hybrid compromise that some venues use to put the informative bit up front while still keeping the full title.

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    If I recall correctly, "Xee Yay Zat, IEEE Conference on" is the standard style of IEEE bibliographical data, i.e. if you get it from them, it looks like that inside. I've always edited it to the (arguably) canonical "IEEE Conference on Xee Yay Zat" or even "Conf. Xee Yay Zat" if the place was scarce. "XYZ" is probably too ambiguous, but I was guilty of that few times, too. Aug 31, 2018 at 0:05

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