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[vox-tech] Re: bibtex, scripting
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[vox-tech] Re: bibtex, scripting

Check out the package "makebst".  It's part of the standard tetex TeX 
distribution and can be found on CTAN:

You run latex on makebst.tex.  You are prompted with a series of questions.  
The result is a custom .bst file.  I have used makebst for years to create 
.bst files for use with various journals.

Good luck.


| I'm writing a journal article using LaTeX.  Although latex use is
| encouraged by the publisher, and they do provide a .sty file, their
| latex support is actually pretty pitiful. :(
| I'm required to use an unusual and restrictive author-date reference
| format that doesn't quite match any existing bibtex styles that I can
| find, and the publisher does not provide a bibtex style file.  So, I'm
| left to modify an existing style to meet my needs.  Does anyone know a
| good reference for programming .bst files?
| One thing in particular is that the first and middle initials of the
| author names are to be shown without periods.  One option I have is to
| go through my .bib file and delete all these periods manually.  But I
| was wondering if I could write a script to do this:  search for the
| author fields and delete any periods (.) in those fields.  But I'm
| really new to script files.  Any good references?  Would someone like to
| propose a script that might work for me?  Any other suggestions?

Aaron A. King
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Tennessee

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