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To be clear: I want Hazard BD, not Hazard, B.D. Citations of this type are found in the Elsevier Journal, Communications in Nonlinear Sciences and Numerical Simulations.

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Welcome to TeX.sx! In most cases a complete Minimal Working Example (MWE) that clearly shows your problem would be useful. It would at least be useful to know what bibliography styles etc you are currently using. – Peter Jansson Feb 5 '13 at 15:31
After looking at the guidelines, the abbreviated first names should contain a period for this journal. – mafp Feb 5 '13 at 15:43
Please edit your question, and/or answer it yourself. Thanks! – vonbrand Feb 5 '13 at 16:28
  • As I pointed out in the comments, the guidelines of that journal require periods in first name abbreviations, so I am not sure whether you still want that.
  • Omitting the periods is IMHO bad typographical style, so I am not sure whether you should want that.
  • That said, if you insist on that, make a copy of a bibtex style that comes closest to what you want, say myplain.bst. Open it, and locate the function format.names, where a string like "{ff~}{vv~}{ll}{, jj}" is to be found. Replace that string with "{vv~}{ll}{, jj}{, f{}}", and save your new style. Explanation: the final {, f{}} part tells BibTeX to put the first names last, in abbreviated form, and without period. The pair of braces {} after the f suppresses spaces between the initials.
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One way is to use biblatex and its fistinits=true,terseinits=true options.





  author = {Hazard, Benjamin D.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha},






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