# Only Initials with multiple authors IEEEtran Bibliography

I am using a bib file to create my bibliography and then i recall it like this:

\bibliographystyle{IEEEtran}
\bibliography{biblio}
\nocite{*}


I am not using the \usepackage{biblatex} since it gives me an error then while compiling. There are some problems with this code:

1. If the article cited has more than 3 authors the others are displayed just with the initials of their name and surname

2. I would like to have the bibliography sorted by appearance on the main text, but it does not work like that now.

3. Everytime I have to compile i have to delete the .bbl file otherwise the changes in the .bib file are do not appear in the bibliography.

I am really struggling with these, i do not know ho to solve them.

• Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. – user11232 Nov 16 '14 at 8:27
• Please add a minimal working example (MWE) – user11232 Nov 16 '14 at 8:28
• Probably biblatex is right and something is wrong with your bib entry. – percusse Nov 16 '14 at 8:38
• Please post the actual entries 2 and 3. There may be something strange going on in the author fields of these two entries. – Mico Nov 16 '14 at 8:45
• Sorry i did not reply to any of your messages (i thought that i will recive a reminder on my email whenevere i got an answer but it turns out I was wrong). I got them wrong totally, i had no idea on the use of , and and in with bibtex, my fault! – Lucamiz01 Nov 18 '14 at 17:55

Since you haven't posted the actual bib entries, it's not possible to be entirely certain in diagnosing what's going on. My strong suspicion, though, is that you have too many commas in the author fields of the entries numbered 2 and 3 in your example. In an author field, you must use the keyword and to separate authors. Use commas only if you need (or wish) to place the author's surname before the given name. In short: Don't overuse (and especially don't mis-use) commas in author fields. (By the way, if my suspicion is correct, BibTeX should have generated a few error messages -- which you either didn't notice or chose to ignore.)

The following code compiles fine (entries in BibTeX format obtained directly from the respective journals' websites; note that it's necessary to encase MV in curly braces to prevent BibTeX from converting the two letters to lowercase):

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{filecontents,url}
\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}
@article{Junginger:10,
author = {F. Junginger and A. Sell and O. Schubert and B. Mayer and D. Brida and M. Marangoni and G. Cerullo and A. Leitenstorfer and R. Huber},
journal = {Optics Letters},
number = {15},
pages = {2645--2647},
publisher = {OSA},
title = {Single-cycle multiterahertz transients with peak fields above 10 {MV}/cm},
volume = {35},
month = {Aug},
year = {2010},
url = {http://ol.osa.org/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-15-2645},
doi = {10.1364/OL.35.002645},
}
@article{LPOR:LPOR201000013,
author = {Cerullo, G. and Baltu{\v s}ka, A. and M{\"u}cke, O.D. and Vozzi, C.},
title = {Few-optical-cycle light pulses with passive carrier-envelope phase stabilization},
journal = {Laser \& Photonics Reviews},
volume = {5},
number = {3},
publisher = {WILEY-VCH Verlag},
issn = {1863-8899},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/lpor.201000013},
doi = {10.1002/lpor.201000013},
pages = {323--351},
year = {2011},
}
\end{filecontents*}
\usepackage[numbers]{natbib}
\bibliographystyle{IEEEtran}
\begin{document}
\nocite{*}
\bibliography{\jobname}
\end{document}


Addendum: Prompted by @percusse's comment, I tried to figure out which combination of replacing and with , would generate the output that's shown in your screenshot. After some experimenting, I found that

author = {F. Junginger, A. Sell, O. Schubert, B. Mayer, D. Brida, M. Marangoni,
G. Cerullo, A. Leitenstorfer, and R. Huber},


will generate

O. S. B. M. D. B. M. M. G. C. A. L. F. Junginger, A. Sell and R. Huber

while

author = {Giulio Cerullo, Andrius Baltu{\v s}ka, O. M{\"u}cke, and C. Vozzi},


will generate

O. M. Giulio Cerullo, Andrius Baltuska and C. Vozzi

Not a perfect match, but pretty close, right? :-) By the way, BibTeX throws quite a few error messages on this sort of input, mainly about "too many commas" having been encountered. (Somewhat surprisingly, despite these error messages BibTeX still manages to produce a bbl file that gives rise to the output shown above.) Do pay attention to such error messages.

To sum up: Use and as the keyword to separate authors in the author field.

• Can you also replicate this with a lot of commas? – percusse Nov 16 '14 at 9:14
• Ah my bad. I meant if you could put the wrong input leading to a lot of initals instead of the proper output and biblatex giving the mentioned error. – percusse Nov 16 '14 at 9:59
• @percusse - I've posted an addendum to implement your suggestion for a search for the actual input in the OP's bib file. I've come pretty close, I think... – Mico Nov 16 '14 at 14:44
• Sorry i did not reply to any of your messages (i thought that i will recive a reminder on my email whenevere i got an answer but it turns out I was wrong). I got them wrong totally, i had no idea on the use of , and and in with bibtex, my fault! – Lucamiz01 Nov 18 '14 at 17:57
• Since you are so into this i will also reveal the real orrid first version of one of the two: @ARTICLE{Lei, author = {F. Junginger, A. Sell, O. Schubert, B. Mayer, D. Brida, M. Marangoni, G. Cerullo, A. Leitenstorfer, and R. Huber}, title = {Single-cycle multiterahertz transients with peak fields above 10 MV/cm}, journal = {OPTICS LETTERS}, month = {August}, year = {2010} volume = {35} number = {15} } – Lucamiz01 Nov 18 '14 at 18:01