# No comma between journal name and journal number

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.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{filecontents}

\usepackage{natbib}

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

\begin{document}
\nocite{*}

\bibliographystyle{degruyter-hsk}

\bibliography{SM}
\end{document}


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

• 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
emphasize
"journal" output.check

• 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