I create my list of publications using \bibentry. As in some of the publications I'm only the fifth author (or there around) I would like to highlight my name by underlining it. I found solutions doing this in the complete bibliography e.g. here or here. Is there a possibility to apply the underlining just locally for the "chapter" where I create the publication list using \bibentry? I'm also open to alternatives to \bibentry however I would prefer not to make the list completely by hand. I'm using BibTeX and the bibliographystyle statto.

  • Does author={\underline{authorname}} not work for you? Or probably I'm misunderstanding. – karlkoeller Nov 15 '13 at 16:55
  • this works in the sense that the respective name is underlined in the bibliography and when I call them with \bibentry. However I would like to have the name only highlighted when calling the \bibentry for the publications list of my papers. – Tanja Nov 15 '13 at 17:13
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    possible duplicate of Make one author's name bold every time it shows up in the bibliography – Guido Nov 15 '13 at 19:25
  • Have a look at tex.stackexchange.com/q/33330/16895. The solutions can be trivially adapted to underlining instead of bold, and they should carry over \bibentry as well. – Guido Nov 15 '13 at 19:27
  • Yes, I have seen this question and the corresponding answer. However I'm looking for a solution where only the name in the entries in the publication list are underlined but not in the normal bibliography. Therefore I think this question treats a different aspect. – Tanja Nov 15 '13 at 20:15

EDIT Answer updated with step-by-step instructions on how to modify the .bst file according to this answer.

It is possible to use the solution provided in this answer to Make one author's name bold every time it shows up in the bibliography as follows:

Create a command \myref that takes an argument, and use such command to wrap your name in the bibliography using the solutions above. This means that in the .bbl file one has something like

\bibitem[Author and M{\"u}ller(2013)]{A}
A~Author and \myref{M~M{\"}ller}.
\newblock Title, 2013.

\newblock Title, 2013.

\newblock Title, 2013.

The command \myref is defined to simply print its content in a normal bibliography and print the underlined argument in the list of publication. This is achieved in the following way (using toolbox package toggle facilities)



then set myrefs to false before the normal bibliography (\togglefalse{myrefs}) and true for the list of publications (\toggletrue{myrefs}).

Here is the complete example (the \jobname.bbl file is included to demonstrate the solution). Also the step-by-step modifications to the .bst file, according to this solution are included

Include the following functions in the .bst file (as usual create a copy of the style and rename it).

FUNCTION {cv.author}
{ "M Muller" }

FUNCTION {highlight}
{ duplicate$ empty$
      { pop$ "" }
      { "\myref{" swap$ * "}" * }

FUNCTION {highlight.if.cv.author}
{ duplicate$ purify$ cv.author purify$ =
    { highlight }

Then locate the function FUNCTION {format.names} in the .bst file (it is around line 550 in my copy). Change




namely, add highlight.if.cv.author immediately after format.name$.

At this point you are ready to use the modified .bst file.


    author       = {A Author and M M{\"u}ller},
    title        = {Title},
    year         = 2013,

    author       = {M M{\'}ller},
    title        = {Title},
    year         = 2013,

    author       = {C Cuthor},
    title        = {Title},
    year         = 2013,






\section*{My Publications}


The MWE yields

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  • I guess this should work, at least when putting \myname{Buthor, Bernd} directly in the bib file it highlight correctly but will the not give the correct order of the names. So I guess, I should adapt the statto.bst somehow accordingly to this solution. However I don't see where I have to make the corresponding adjustment. Could you help me here? – Tanja Nov 16 '13 at 13:06
  • I tried to adapts it as following ` { "\FormatName{" s nameptr "{ff~}{vv~}{ll}{, jj}" format.name$ bib.name.font bibinfo bibinfo.check "}" 't := %{ s nameptr "{ff~}{vv~}{ll}{, jj}" format.name$ bib.name.font bibinfo bibinfo.check 't :=` But this is not working (i.e. the names are now longer ordered by first name, last name and nothing is underlined). I don't know if a name as Müller (M\"uller) provides additional difficulty? – Tanja Nov 16 '13 at 13:19
  • Try with the second answer (I have modified my answer accordingly, with a link to this answer. For names like Müller, use Muller instead. – Guido Nov 17 '13 at 2:28
  • Can you put it explicitly what and where I have to change it? I tried with names as Müller and names without Umlaut, I'm not getting it somehow. There is nothing highlighted at all. – Tanja Nov 17 '13 at 13:12
  • I put the names in the wrong order, i.e. Burthor, Bernd instead of Bernd Buthor. The \textbf in the second solution I replaced by \myrefand the everthing works fine. thanks – Tanja Nov 19 '13 at 10:15

Another approach to doing this is with Bibulous in place of BibTeX or Biblatex. In order make a given author underlined, all that is needed is to apply a "substring replace" operator into the author list variable. For example, to replace the author "J. W. Tukey" with its underlined version "\underline{J. W. Tukey}", we can change each entrytype template from, say,

article = <au>, \enquote{<title.replace(Sunset,\color{red}Sunset\color{black})>,}{ }...
          <journal.replace(American,\textit{American})> \textbf{<volume>} (<year>).

to the new form

article = <au.replace(J. W. Tukey,\underline{J. W. Tukey})>,{ }...
          \enquote{<title.replace(Sunset,\color{red}Sunset\color{black})>,}{ }...
          <journal.replace(American,\textit{American})> \textbf{<volume>} (<year>).

The change here is only applied to "article" type entries, and so similar changes to the other entrytype templates ("book", "inproceedings", etc.) would also be needed, in each case replacing <au> with <au.replace(J. W. Tukey,\underline{J. W. Tukey})>.

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