De Gruyter requires no comma between journal name and journal number. So rather than

Bird, Steven, and Klein, Ewan 1994 Phonological analysis in typed feature systems. Computational Linguistics, 20 3: 455–491.

they want:

Bird, Steven, and Klein, Ewan 1994 Phonological analysis in typed feature systems. Computational Linguistics 20 3: 455–491.

I looked at the .bst file I have and found that there is an output.nonull that probably is responsible for the comma, but I do not know how to influence it.




  @article{a, author={Max Meier}, title={My first paper}, journal={Journal of Googelology},
    volume=3123, number=1, pages={3--45}, year=2009}




De Gruyter .bst is here: degruyter-hsk.bst

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    That's their problem, not yours as the author. If their .bst doesn't match their own guidelines, they should fix it themselves. – Alex Aug 8 '13 at 11:03
  • The linked file doesn't seem to be official or indeed widely-distributed, and I also can't find any rules for the publisher you mention. Could you give us some detail of the exact target publication and where we can find their submission/layout info? – Joseph Wright Aug 8 '13 at 11:36
  • BibTeX programming is a nasty thing and to be honest i am really not in to it very much. There is this online sources regarding the subject, which i find quite useful: www.ctan.org/tex-archive/biblio/bibtex/contrib/doc/btxhak.pdf. And: Alltough Alex is right, you can still give it a try to rebuild the bst with makebst (and tweaking this one thing you want to achive). – Ruben Aug 8 '13 at 12:01
  • @Alex: Unfortunately not. De Gruyter is a premium publisher and the type setting is done in India (or somewhere near it). The publisher/editors require us to deliver manuscripts that adhere to their rules. They do not provide .bst files. I am just using this old style file, which happend to work for earlier submissions. – Stefan Müller Aug 8 '13 at 13:02
  • @Mico: I tired to do this (without knowing what I am doing), but bibtex complains: ptr=1, stack= \hspace{1em} ---the literal stack isn't empty for entry a while executing---line 1533 of file degruyter-hsk.bst – Stefan Müller Aug 8 '13 at 13:03

Ok, here's a patch for the above degruyter-hsk.bst. In the FUNCTION {article} you need to add a line with add.blank before format.vol.num.pages:

--- degruyter-hsk.bst.old   2013-07-05 11:04:03.000000000 +0200
+++ degruyter-hsk.bst   2013-08-08 19:52:57.000000000 +0200
@@ -909,6 +909,7 @@
     { journal
       "journal" output.check
+      add.blank
       format.vol.num.pages output
     { format.article.crossref output.nonnull
  • Thanks a lot! You really made my day. I spent a lot of time on this .bst file and I am very glad that I did not have to start over with makebst. As for the premium publishers: We started Language Science Press, which is OA and free, but there are still some projects running with the old publishers. The current one is a handbook project which started in 2005! Thanks again! – Stefan Müller Aug 8 '13 at 19:35

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