For my thesis, I need to cite some pieces of software documentation. The website in question is the documentation of Kubernetes.

I'm fine with using @misc entries in my bibtex file, but obviously I need to fill in the author field.

Usually, when I can't find the author of a specific website, I look up the imprint at the bottom of the page. As the Kubernetes documentation doesn't provide any imprint, there is only © 2017 The Kubernetes Authors or Copyright © 2017 The Linux Foundation® at the bottom of the page.

To me, it looks a little bit odd to have "The Kubernetes Authors" in my bibliography. What should I do?

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You can cite using @misc without Author field. To to that, you need to include a key field. Here is an example:

@misc{KubernetesManual2017, title = {{Kubernetes Manual}}, howpublished = "\url{please put the url}", year = {2017}, note = "[Online; accessed 04-Dec-2017]", key = "KubernetesManual2017", }

  • With this solution, the bibtex entry appears without an author in the bibliography. Is this really the academic way? Obviously, someone must have written the documentation. Commented Dec 4, 2017 at 12:48
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    If a document has authors, obviously we should mention them. However, if a document doesn't mention any author then possibly it was meant to be that way.
    – Tushar
    Commented Dec 4, 2017 at 13:04

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