# How to correctly display and separate the author names in a bibliographic entry?

How to correctly display and to separate among the BibLaTeX's author's names?

Code:

@book{atl1,
label     = {SELLS},
author    = {Cristopher TAVARES, Kirk FERTITTA, Brent RECTOR, Chris SELLS},
title     = {ATL Internals},
subtitle  = {Working with ATL 8},
edition   = {2},
publisher = {Addison-Wesley Professional},
date      = {2006-07-15},
pages     = {888}
}


Output:

In this case I'm trying to display this as Cristopher TAVARES, Kirk FERTITTA, Brent RECTOR and Chris SELLS before ATL Internals....

How do I to deal with this, please?

Thanks a lot!

• If the above does not give you the expected output, we really need to see a full proper MWE. – moewe Apr 12 '14 at 4:55
• Another thing: I assume "888" is the number of pages of that book, not a specific page of that book you cite (why would one add the specific page to the bibliography?). In that case pagetotal is the field you are looking for, not pages. pages is for "[o]ne or more page numbers or page ranges. If the work is published as part of another one, such as an article in a journal or a collection, this field holds the relevant page range in that other work. It may also be used to limit the reference to a specific part of a work.", while pagetotal holds "[t]he total number of pages of the work." – moewe Apr 12 '14 at 6:00
• Better format for the author names in the bib file is Last, First: author = {Smith, Jane and Doe, John}, particularly when names can have "von" parts – Andrew Swann Apr 12 '14 at 7:16

## 1 Answer

Your author field is not properly formatted for BibTeX/biblatex.

According to Tame the BeaST, §11 The author field, p. 23:

1. Names are separated by the keyword and: author = {Smith, Jane and Doe, John}
2. Names must be given in one of three formats
1. "First von Last": author = {Johann Wolfgang von Goethe},
2. "von Last, First": author = {von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang}, or
3. "von Last, Jr, First": author = {von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang}.

You should furthermore not apply any formatting to the names - except for proper capitalisation of names, of course. Do not write author = {John SMITH}, but author = {John Smith}.


All in all, your author field should read

author = {Tavares, Cristopher and Fertitta, Kirk and Rector, Brent and Sells, Chris}


Of course

author = {Cristopher Tavares and Kirk Fertitta and Brent Rector and Chris Sells}


is equally fine (and maybe slightly more convenient).