ISO 690

ISO 690 is an ISO standard for bibliographic referencing in different kind of documents.[1][2] It includes electronic documents, and specifies the elements to be included in references to published documents, and the order in which the elements of the reference should be stated. Punctuation and style (output mask) are not part of the standard; it is a standard for content more than for presentation.

ISO 690 covers references to published material in both print and non-print form.[3] The latest version was published in 2010 and covers all kinds of information resources, including monographs, serials, contributions, patents, cartographic materials, electronic information resources (including computer software and databases), music, recorded sound, prints, photographs, graphic and audiovisual works, and moving images.[4]

Even though ISO 690:2010(E) generally suggests to place the date of publication after place and publisher (referred to as "production information"[5]) it also hints to the Harvard system style (name-date system) and provides also various examples of its way of citation in the annex of ISO 690:2010(E).[6]

Parts of the document

Until 2010, ISO 690 appeared in two ISO documents:

  • ISO 690:1987 (Information and documentation - Bibliographic references - Content, form and structure);
  • ISO 690-2:1997 (Information and documentation - Bibliographic references - Part 2: Electronic documents or parts thereof)

Examples of citation (ISO 690:1987)

Actual status of standard is ISO 690:2010.[7] The material is copyrighted and not free for distribution. Basically, the application of older version of ISO standard is not a fault.

Lominandze, DG. Cyclotron waves in plasma. Translated by AN. Dellis; edited by SM. Hamberger. 1st ed. Oxford : Pergamon Press, 1981. 206 p. International series in natural philosophy. Translation of: Ciklotronnye volny v plazme. ISBN 0-08-021680-3.
Parts of a monograph
Parker, TJ. and Haswell, WD. A Text-book of zoology. 5th ed., vol 1. revised by WD. Lang. London : Macmillan 1930. Section 12, Phyllum Mollusca, pp. 663-782.
Contributions in a monograph
Wringley, EA. Parish registers and the historian. In Steel, DJ. National index of parish registers. London : Society of Genealogists, 1968, vol. 1, pp. 155-167.
Communication equipment manufacturers. Manufacturing a Primary Industries Division, Statistics Canada. Preliminary Edition, 1970- . Ottawa : Statistics Canada, 1971- . Annual census of manufacturers. (in English), (in French). ISSN 0700-0758.
Articles in a serial
Weaver, William. The Collectors: command performances. Photography by Robert Emmet Bright. Architectural Digest, December 1985, vol. 42, no. 12, pp. 126-133.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Stayton, Bob (September 2007). "Customizing bibliography output". DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide (4th ed.). Santa Cruz, California: Sagehill Enterprises. ISBN 978-0-9741521-3-4.
  2. ^ "ISO 690:2010(en). Online Browsing Platform (OBP)". Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  3. ^ ISO 2010, ed. (2010). "Scope". International Standard. ISO 690. Reference number ISO 690:2010(E). Information and documentation - Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations to information resources (3 ed.). Geneva (Switzerland). p. 1. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  4. ^ ISO 690:2010 (ISO)
  5. ^ ISO 2010, ed. (2010). International Standard. ISO 690. Reference number ISO 690:2010(E). Information and documentation - Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations to information resources (3 ed.). Geneva (Switzerland). p. 4.
  6. ^ ISO 2010, ed. (2010). International Standard. ISO 690. Reference number ISO 690:2010(E). Information and documentation - Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations to information resources (3 ed.). Geneva (Switzerland). pp. 4, 25–27.
  7. ^ Information and documentation -- Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations to information resources

External links

APA style

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IEEE style

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ISO 14971

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International Standard Bibliographic Description

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List of style guides

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MHRA Style Guide

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MLA Handbook

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Reference is a relation between objects in which one object designates, or acts as a means by which to connect to or link to, another object. The first object in this relation is said to refer to the second object. It is called a name for the second object. The second object, the one to which the first object refers, is called the referent of the first object. A name is usually a phrase or expression, or some other symbolic representation. Its referent may be anything – a material object, a person, an event, an activity, or an abstract concept.

References can take on many forms, including: a thought, a sensory perception that is audible (onomatopoeia), visual (text), olfactory, or tactile, emotional state, relationship with other, spacetime coordinate, symbolic or alpha-numeric, a physical object or an energy projection. In some cases, methods are used that intentionally hide the reference from some observers, as in cryptography.

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The Cambridge Guide to English Usage

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The Chicago Manual of Style

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The Elements of Typographic Style

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The title alludes to The Elements of Style, the classic guide to writing by Strunk and White.

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