# Forcing the dash in French initials in bibliography

How one writes "Smith, J.-M.," in bibliography? I want the dash not to disappear! If I write the full name, e.g. Jean-Michel Smith, then BibTeX treats it properly and generates Smith, J.-M.

I have tried Smith, J.-M., Smith, J.{-}M.

If you wonder why, in some cases I dont know what the initial stands for, and still prefer to respect the formatting of names.

• Which bibliography style do you use? – Mico Jun 24 '13 at 8:47

If the bibliography style abbreviates names, then using

author={Sartre, Jean-Paul},


is sufficient. If you want to have an abbreviated name anyway, then

author={Sartre, {J.-P.}},


will do.

\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}
@book{a,
author={Sartre, {J.-P.}},
title={La naus{\'e}e},
year=1938,
publisher={Gallimard},
}
\end{filecontents*}
\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
\cite{a}
\bibliographystyle{plain}
\bibliography{\jobname}
\end{document}


• I don't have enough "credit" to vote it up, thanks! – U3.1415926 Jun 24 '13 at 8:42