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How would I alter the bibtex referencing format in the references section from:

Author. Journal. volume. Year

to be:

Author. Year. Journal...

I cannot seem to find a command that changes the referencing format of such citations.

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@Kate Which bibliography style (.bst file) do you use? – Joseph Wright Sep 17 '12 at 8:39
You can use custom-bib to create a new .bst producing the format you are after. – Guido Sep 17 '12 at 9:31
@Kate, joseph asked which bibliography style you use; this is the thing in braces in the command \bibliographystyle{...} in your latex file. if you can tell us what those ... are, in your file, we have a chance of finding something that matches it, but does “author-year” the way you want. – wasteofspace Sep 17 '12 at 12:36
I use \bibliographystyle{plainnat}, the journal I am submitting into requires the references like the following: De Pol-Holz, R., O. Ulloa, L. Dezileau, J. Kaiser, F. Lamy, and D. Hebbeln. 2006. Melting of the patagonian ice sheet and deglacial perturbations of the nitrogen cycle in the eastern South Pacific. Geophys. Res. Lett. 33. So, we have authors, year, title, journal, issue, page numbers. – KatyB Sep 17 '12 at 12:54
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It is not to hard to change plainnat.bst to place the year immediately after the author. Unfortunately, plainnat.bst does not format the authors as described, i.e., Author, I., I. Author ... Again it is possible to modify the behaviour. The best solution is to use custom-bib to generate a new bibliography style.

You can use the following procedure

  1. Open a terminal window
  2. Run latex makebst
  3. Follow the prompt and answer the questions in the prompt
  4. Use \bibliographystyle{<new>} where new is the name of style selected in one of the first question of 3. above.
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