I'm having a problem with author display for a statute - the author is 'City and County of San Francisco' but the output (using the apalike.bst style file provided by Elsevier) gives the author as 'City and San Francisco', missing the 'County' in the authorname. Any suggestions?

  • Welcome to TeX.sx! – egreg Mar 17 '13 at 21:35
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    Apart from @egreg 's answer, would not be that more an editor? – mafp Mar 17 '13 at 21:46
  • @mafp - In general, it's entirely possible to have a "corporate" author. I guess we don't know anything else about the entry, and thus can't decide whether editor or author is more appropriate in this case. – Mico Mar 17 '13 at 22:35

Based on the rules of BibTeX, an input such as

author={City and County of San Francisco},

specifies two authors because and is a keyword and denotes the separator between authors. The first author has only a family name, "City"; the second author has given name "County", 'von' part "of", and family name "San Francisco". Yes, indeed. :)

You can override this default parsing of the author field by using an additional pair of braces:

author={{City and County of San Francisco}},

Now, BibTeX will treat it as an author with a single (though fairly long, of course) name. This treatment is appropriate for the names of "corporate" authors in general.

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  • Fantastic - that worked. Thanks so much! – Pete Mar 17 '13 at 21:51

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