Following up from a discussion at
like to propose removing two duplicate “Harvard” styles
from the github and Zotero CSL style file repositories:
harvard1.csl is a almost-duplicate of harvard-anglia-ruskin-university.csl;
both are based on http://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/referencing/harvard.htm,
harvard7de.csl (German) is a almost-duplicate of
harvard-institut-fur-praxisforschung-de.csl; both are based on
(the second link is dead, redirecting to
http://www.institut-praxisforschung.com/ so this is/was clearly the same
My proposal is to keep only those with the more specific style names -
harvard-institut-fur-praxisforschung-de.csl - and to remove harvard1.csl
and harvard7de.csl entirely.
Huge bonus: Getting rid of styles with overly generic names such as
harvard1.csl and harvard7de.csl would reinforce the important message that
there is no such thing as a single, official Harvard style, removing a very
common source of confusion among students and, sadly enough, librarians and
certain brands of commercial library and referencing software, too. See
“Note that many style guides use the confusing term “Harvard” to refer to
author-date formats, even though most of these styles have no connection
to Harvard University. There is also no such thing as a single official
Any platforms where harvard1 seems popular would have to inform their users
that they should switch to harvard-anglia-ruskin-university.csl (or some
other author-date style) instead.
Are there any objections?