I need to add a reference with an empty author field to my bibliography list. I have this bibitem :

    title="Abc Def",
    howpublished = {2}

When I do this I see a colon in front of the reference in my generated pdf file. I.e, the reference looks like

:Abc Def. 2

The colon is inserted because it should separate author's name from the title. Is there any way to get rid of the colon?

I tried to change title to author in my bibitem:

    author="Abc Def",
    howpublished = {2}

Unfortunately it shortens the Abc Def to A.Def automatically in the pdf file. (Ie., it considers Abc as somebody's first name).

I'm using a special bibliography style called splncs.

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    Does the following help: author={{Abc Def}} (with double braces)? – Oleg Domanov Jun 19 '13 at 8:26
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    Oleg's advice should work, but if you actually want to publish in LNCS you should rethink this reference. There is a reason why both author and title are required fields of misc. – mafp Jun 19 '13 at 9:35
  • Oleg's suggestion works, thanks. I actually want to publish a system paper in LNCS. I have a link to my implementation(which also has some other systems) and I'm not sure if I should refer to myself as an author or figure out the full list of authors. Author is no longer required in misc starting from mybib 0.99d (At least I do not see any warnings from easychair's pdflatex). Maybe I will move the link inside the paper. – iensen Jun 19 '13 at 10:13
  • If you have too many names in a list, you may truncate it with 'and others': author={YourName and AnotherName and others}. I think it's not a bad solution. – Oleg Domanov Jun 19 '13 at 12:32

To make BibTeX consider some text as a single token (and so keep it unchanged), put it in braces. In your case this will be: author = {{Abc Def}}. This also helps, if you need to preserve the capitalization of some text.

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