Citekey good practice
This question is for those who use .bib files to manage your bibliographies. I want to know how you guys generate unique citekeys and what do you think constitutes good practice.
I am following a 'universal citekey' strategy suggested by the people who made an app called Papers (I have never tried the app, I use Zotero and Betterbibtex). Link below. I will give an example. My citekey looks like this for the book Foucault, M. (1980) Power/knowledge. selected interviews and other writings 1972-77. New York: Pantheon Books:
This process can be automated by software such as bibdesk. A mode of automating this format will be to use the string: %a1:%Y%t2
The string denotes [author] [:] [year] [2 first unique characters]
However things get muddy when for instance, I want to cite different sources that were published by the same author on the same year, and both titles have the same two characters at the beginning. Hypothetically, let's say we have 'the government of the self' and 'the birth of biopolitics' published on 2008. The string would generate a conflict: @foucault:2008th
On a different level, bibdesk generates incompatibilities when, for instance it adds a hyphen after titles that begin with only one character, such as the book A Thousand Plateaus by Deleuze and Guattari. (Pandoc is not able to process this): @deleuzeguattari:1991a-
I would normally change by omitting common words ('a' 'the' 'of', etc.). But this is annoying.
I want to know everything that you smart people use to manage citekeys in an orderly manner.
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