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[EP-tech] BibTeX export

Eprints/BibTeX gurus:
I've had an email from someone exporting BibTeX records from our etheses repository.

It looks like there may be a long-standing issue with the BibTeX 'type' being used for theses, although it may be designed to work this way on purpose...

http://trac.eprints.org/eprints/browser/branches/3.3/system/perl_lib/EPrints/Plugin/Export/BibTeX.pm, line 70
If the item is a thesis, set the type to either 'phdthesis' or 'mastersthesis'.
Line 81 then checks for an 'unpublished' state, and sets the type to that, overriding anything set for a thesis.

In BibTeX terms, are 'phdthesis' or 'mastersthesis' more important than 'unpublished' as a type?