I have no idea why LaTeX insistently puts "eds." after authors name in the bib file. I simply use the following bibliography :

 # "\providecommand{\singleletter}[1]{#1}%"

   editor = "James Bond and others",
   title = "Proceedings of ..e",
   address = "Washington, DC",
   organization = "",
   publisher = "",
   note = "",

The output is like this:

James Bond et al., eds, Proceedings...

Where does the eds come from??!

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! Adding “eds.” after the editors' names in normal for bibliography styles. Which one are you using?
    – egreg
    Dec 8, 2014 at 9:39
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    If you are using REVTeX then presumably you are submitting to a journal requiring it. In that case, the BibTeX style is what they want: don't mess with it.
    – Joseph Wright
    Dec 8, 2014 at 9:54
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    use author = James Bond et al. instead of editor = James Bond et al.
    – Harald
    Dec 8, 2014 at 13:52
  • using author instead of editor, does not display any name at all.
    – ehsank
    Dec 8, 2014 at 14:20
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    Ah, sorry. Overlooked that this is a @proceedings. Well the "eds" is appropriate in this case. If you realy need to get rid of it, try another entry type (@misc, @book, ...) or edit the .bst file and include format.authors output to the FUNCTION {proceedings} next to the editor line.
    – Harald
    Dec 8, 2014 at 15:07

1 Answer 1



Proceedings are a collection of many conference papers and as such have many individual authors. The persons that take the individual articles and make them into proceedings are the editors. To distinguish the roles of authors and editors, the later are typically emphasized with (eds) or a variation thereof.

Bibtex entry

The proceedings itself do not have an author, only the contained individual articles have that. If you are referring to an article within the proceedings, you have to use the bibtex entry type @inproceedings. If you want to cite the whole proceeding the "eds" should stay there. For bibtex entry types see wikipedia

Forcing Bibtex to Comply

Try other bibtex entry types that fit your needs. For instance @misc has authors, title, and a generic "howpublished" in which you can put all the rest. If this fails, or if you want to change the format for all entries of one type, you have to change or edit the bibliography style. They reside in .bst files (see this for your case)

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