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Is it normal for BibTeX to replace similar author names with “------”?

I am compiling a latex file and the some papers in the references section do not have the authors' name after compilation. Please see reference [7] in the image below. Its bibtex entry is as below

Address = {London},
Author = {Alan Traviss Welford},
Publisher = {Methuen},
Title = {Fundamentals of Skill},
Year = {1968}}

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does any body know why this happens?

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marked as duplicate by Gonzalo Medina, Werner, doncherry, Paul Gaborit, Jake Sep 27 '12 at 6:13

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Which bibliography style are you using? Are you using natbib or other relevant package? Some styles replace repeated name authors with dashes. – Gonzalo Medina Sep 27 '12 at 5:18
Does When I cite an author twice a long line is drawn instead of the name solve your problem? Using \bibliographystyle{alpha}, that is. – Werner Sep 27 '12 at 5:21
Hi @GonzaloMedina , I am not using natbib and I am using \bibliographystyle{IEEEtran} – Mark Sep 27 '12 at 5:22
@Werner Yes it seems that the problem was \bibliographystyle{IEEEtran} thanks – Mark Sep 27 '12 at 5:25
@Mark you don't have to change the style; the link I provided above shows how to proceed to deactivate the "dashify" option with IEEEtran. – Gonzalo Medina Sep 27 '12 at 5:35
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This is default behavior of bibTeX. This question has already been answered here, where a (rather ad-hoc) method of getting around this behavior is described:

Is it normal for BibTeX to replace similar author names with "------"?

Personally I switched from bibTeX to amsrefs for handling bibliographic entries. amsrefs is much more configurable than bibTeX. Google amsrefs for more details if you are interested in this -- incidentally amsrefs has a built-in option to disable this "dashing same author name" behavior.

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Author name substitution is dependent on the BibTeX style in use: it's not 'the default behaviour' of BibTeX. I'd say amsrefs, while interesting, has never really taken off, and most people would say biblatex is the 'way forward'. – Joseph Wright Sep 27 '12 at 6:16

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