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I only recently started using Latex for my university documents and for my current one I am using a template provided by them.

I am using bibtex to manage my sources. Here is an example bibtex-entry:

   shorthand = {CompanyName},
   author = {Company Name Ltd.},
   title="The company's webplatform",
   howpublished = "\url{http://company.com/}",
   lastchecked = {01.01.2013},
   year = 2013

   shorthand = {OtherCompanyName},
   author = {Some other Company Name Ltd.},
   title="Another company's webplatform",
   howpublished = "\url{http://other-company.com/}",
   lastchecked = {01.01.2013},
   year = 2013

In my Latex document I use the following code to create a bibliography:

\bibliography{references}    % this causes the references to be listed (file: references.bib)

My problem is now that when I compile my document, the result is that the bibliography has the following format:

[Ltd13a] Full Company Name Ltd.
[Ltd13b] Some Other Company Name Ltd.

I already tried putting a comma between the name and the Ltd. like so:

author = {Company Name, Ltd.}

but this results in this

[FC13a] Ltd. Full Company Name

I have read that shorthand is supposed to help, but I did not succeed.

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What is the result that you'd like to see? I am also surprised about the Full Company name thing... Could you post a complete MWE telling us what you'd like to see? – kan Apr 13 '13 at 23:04
How about putting braces around company names, in addition to the comma? author={{Company Name}, Ltd.} – Herr K. Apr 13 '13 at 23:07
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@KevinC The thing with your solution is, that it puts the Ltd. in front in the further text, e.g. [Full13a] Ltd. Full Company Name – Steve Apr 13 '13 at 23:30
@Steve: It probably has to do with how the alpha style is define (with which I'm not familiar). You should check out @Guido's updated answer with the use of key entry. I tested that and it seemed to work. – Herr K. Apr 13 '13 at 23:34
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Have you tried {{Full Company Name Ltd}}? in this way Full Company Name Ltd is understood as the name. In the other ways, in the first Ltd is understood as the family name and Full Company Name as the given and mid names. For the comma, the format of names in BibTeX is Family, Given, so in that case Full Company Name is the family name and Ltd is the given name.

According to the BibTeX manual texdoc bibtex for MANUAL or PROCEEDINGS one can use organization instead of auhtor. In such cases the field key takes precedence over organization. Thus you can try with

   key = {CompanyName},
   organisation = {Company Name, Ltd.},
   title="The company's webplatform",
   howpublished = "\url{http://company.com/}",
   lastchecked = {01.01.2013},
   year = 2013
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This partially solved my problem. Now the key is not starting with "Ltd" anymore. However, I would like to completely define the key myself. Let's assume the company is called "The Co-operative Trade Ltd." It would be great if I could set the key to be [COOP13a] or something similar... – Steve Apr 13 '13 at 23:20
See the updated answer. The key = {...} should help. – DL6ER Apr 13 '13 at 23:25
Only the first three letters of the key is used, though. If you define key={COOP}, the output is [COO13] – Herr K. Apr 13 '13 at 23:27
key = {KEY}, organization = {...} solved the problem! – Steve Apr 13 '13 at 23:40
@KevinC the entire 4 letters are not that important, it was more important to change the key to something better than The13a or Ltd13a. – Steve Apr 13 '13 at 23:44

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