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I am using the bibliography style "plain", which in a Technical Report, formats "Technical report" in roman font. However, my publishers want "Technical Report" to be capitalised, and in italics. How can I do this?


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Maybe I missed something but can't you hack the default plain.bst file (that you would put in your current working directory or a known tex directory), or directly use makebst? – chl Apr 14 '11 at 7:37
I probably could - if I knew how... But I'm running out of time and can't afford the time to learn how to do it right now. I was hoping somebody could simply tell me what to do! – Alasdair Apr 14 '11 at 8:13
Done it! In the block FUNCTION {format.tr.number} I changed { "Technical Report" } to { "{\em Technical Report}" }. – Alasdair Apr 14 '11 at 8:34
You mean you just want \em or \em + small caps? For the former, you can run latex makebst, follows the default options but when comes TECHNICAL REPORT NUMBER: choose i (Tech. report and number italic as {\it Tech. Rep. 123'}) -- that will update FUNCTION {techreport} {...} with a line looking like format.tr.number emphasize output.nonnull. – chl Apr 14 '11 at 8:54
Please post your comment as an answer and accept it, to help others searching the site. – Joseph Wright Apr 20 '11 at 15:14

(Originally posted as a comment by Alasdair)

Done it! In the block FUNCTION {format.tr.number} I changed { "Technical Report" } to { "{\em Technical Report}" }.

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