I am using the IEEEtran.bst file for my bibliography (as follows):


and it works as desired in all but one case. I have one entry where the 'author' is "World Health Organization and others", which gets abbreviated as "W. H. Organization et al.". Obviously, this is not what I want.

Is there a way I can use IEEEabrv, but make an exception for this one entry?

Please note that I am obliged to use this style (not natbib or anything else) due to the conference submission guidelines.

2 Answers 2


Your problem is not caused by IEEEabrv.bib, which simply contains the abbreviated names of IEEE journals; it is rather caused by the style IEEEtran.bst, which is programmed to abbreviate author names.

According to this, maybe you could write your author as

author = {{\relax World Health Organization} and others}

  • If you do this, you still get a period after "World Health Organization". Is there a way to get rid of that?
    – Mahkoe
    Commented Aug 21, 2020 at 15:42

The \relax solution didn't work for me, but putting the author in double brackets like this got rid of the problem:

author = {{The Agda Team}}
  • Using author = "{The Agda Team}" will also work.
    – Tot Zam
    Commented Dec 23, 2021 at 6:17
  • Same here! Thanks!
    – Oo.oO
    Commented Jan 7 at 16:03

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