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I would like to use italics within BibTeX entries to indicate the title of an artwork, as is traditional in some scholarly publications. The problem is that {\it } and {\em } are processed awkwardly in the .sty files I use. Below is a kludged way to include Portrait of Cardinal Niccolo Albergati within the .bib entry.

Is there any elegant and simple way to avoid all the added characters and forced spacing here?

For instance, if I use the obvious {\em Portrait of Cardinal Niccol\'o Albergati} or {\em {P}ortrait of {C}ardinal {N}iccol\'o {A}lbergati} or {\it Portrait of Cardinal Niccol\'o Albergati} I do not get the needed upper-case letters.

@ARTICLE{DuarteStork:10,
       AUTHOR = "Marco Duarte and David G. Stork",
        TITLE = "Image contour fidelity analysis of mechanically aided enlargements of {J}an van {E}yck\rq s ${P}$\hspace{-0.1mm}{\em ortrait of} ${C}$\hspace{-0.2mm}{\em ardinal} ${N}$\hspace{-0.2mm}{\em iccol\`o} ${A}$\hspace{-0.2mm}{\em lbergati}",
      JOURNAL = "Leonardo",
       VOLUME = "43",
       NUMBER = "1",
        PAGES = "43--50",
         YEAR = "2010"
}

I'm using ieee.sty and ieee.bst.

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    Welcome to TeX SX! What bibliography style are you using?
    – Bernard
    May 20, 2015 at 22:59
  • Which bibliography style(s) do you use? What, specifically, does "awkward processing" mean? Have you tried title = "Image contour fidelity analysis of mechanically aided enlargements of {Jan van Eyck's} {{\em Portrait of Cardinal Niccol{\`o} Albergati}}",? If {{\em ...}} doesn't work for you, have you tried {\textit{...}}?
    – Mico
    May 20, 2015 at 23:00
  • Regarding your update: Did you mean to say that you use the ieeetr style?
    – Mico
    May 20, 2015 at 23:13

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I see nothing strange with this input:

\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}
@ARTICLE{DuarteStork:10,
  AUTHOR = "Marco Duarte and David G. Stork",
   TITLE = "Image contour fidelity analysis of mechanically aided
            enlargements of {Jan} van {Eyck's} \emph{Portrait of
            Cardinal Niccol\`o Albergati}",
 JOURNAL = "Leonardo",
  VOLUME = "43",
  NUMBER = "1",
   PAGES = "43--50",
    YEAR = "2010"
}
\end{filecontents*}

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}

\cite{DuarteStork:10}

\bibliographystyle{plain}
\bibliography{\jobname}

\end{document}

The filecontents* environment is just to keep the example self-contained.

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If I change the style to amsplain, which italicizes article titles, I get

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where you see that “smart” emphasis is used.

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  • Thanks. Putting \emph outside the artwork title works fine with ieee.sty and ieee.bst. Wonderful. May 20, 2015 at 23:11

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