I am looking for a BibTeX style which would format a reference to a journal article as follows:

Feinberg E L Sov. Phys. Usp. 23 629 (1980)


  1. no punctuation,
  2. no dots after initials,
  3. title of a journal or a book in italic,
  4. volume number in bold,
  5. year on parentheses.

I see that there exist hundreds (if not thousands) of BibTeX styles but how one could find what is needed?

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    In situations such as yours, I believe the standard recommendation is not to hack an existing bibliography style but, instead, to run the makebst utility (part of the custom-bib package) to create a new bibliography style from scratch. The utility -- start it by typing "latex makebst" at a command prompt -- will ask you lots of questions and provide multiple-choice answers. Its output is a shiny new bst file with bullet-proof code that implements all of your bibliography formatting needs. – Mico Mar 25 '15 at 7:50
  • By the way, do I interpret your specs correctly as requiring that the titles of journal articles be omitted? – Mico Mar 25 '15 at 8:07
  • @Mico: yes, articla title is dropped. – Igor Kotelnikov Mar 25 '15 at 8:10
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    Is this a standard style from some publication? If so, there may already be one doing this. The usual search strategy is based on who defines the style rather than the detail (which is otherwise quite hard to describe!). – Joseph Wright Mar 25 '15 at 8:20
  • I don't think that the makebst utility has an option to drop the article title entirely. Just select a reasonable-looking option when you get to the question about how the title should be formatted. It's not difficult to hand-edit the the bst file, find the function named article, and remove the instruction that inserts the (formatted) title field. – Mico Mar 25 '15 at 8:20

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