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I am using the Lecture Note in Computer Science (LNCS) LATEX template, and want to compress the bibliography to a shorter form.

Given bibliographystyle is:

\bibliographystyle{splncs03}

I want to compress the current output:

[1] Nguyen, H.H., David, C., Qin, S., Chin, W.: Automated verification of shape and size properties via separation logic. In: Verification, Model Checking, and Abstract Interpretation, 8th International Conference, VMCAI 2007, Nice, France, January 14-16, 2007, Proceedings. pp. 251–266 (2007)

To a shorter form (in this case, abbreviate the conference name)

[1] Nguyen, H.H., David, C., Qin, S., Chin, W.: Automated verification of shape and size properties via separation logic. VMCAI 2007, Proceedings. pp. 251–266 (2007)

Is there any way to automatically do it without modifying the Bib file?

All of my bibtex are copied from DBLP website. The bibtex for the above bibliography is:

@inproceedings{NguyenDQC07,
  author    = {Huu Hai Nguyen and
               Cristina David and
               Shengchao Qin and
               Wei{-}Ngan Chin},
  title     = {Automated Verification of Shape and Size Properties Via Separation
               Logic},
  booktitle = {Verification, Model Checking, and Abstract Interpretation, 8th International
               Conference, {VMCAI} 2007, Nice, France, January 14-16, 2007, Proceedings},
  pages     = {251--266},
  year      = {2007},
  doi       = {10.1007/978-3-540-69738-1_18},
  timestamp = {Tue, 08 Jan 2008 08:53:10 +0100},
  biburl    = {http://dblp.uni-trier.de/rec/bib/conf/vmcai/NguyenDQC07},
  bibsource = {dblp computer science bibliography, http://dblp.org}
}

Thank you very much for taking time looking at my long question!

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    The question here is how you propose to tell LaTeX to extract exactly VMCAI 2007, Proceedings from {Verification, Model Checking, and Abstract Interpretation, 8th International Conference, {VMCAI} 2007, Nice, France, January 14-16, 2007, Proceedings} without changing the .bib file.
    – moewe
    Oct 11, 2015 at 16:03
  • Thanks for pointing it out. I realize that it is ... too difficult to do so. Is there anyway compress the bibliography with minimal modification of bib file?
    – Trung Ta
    Oct 12, 2015 at 3:08
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    In your example I don't see much room for improvement. The only thing that could be better is the booktitle field in the .bib file. You should never trust downloaded .bib files, often they are not as good as they could be and some manual re-working is necessary.
    – moewe
    Oct 12, 2015 at 5:31
  • Thank you very much! I think I have to revise them manually. But my point is that I want to have a set of bibliography, and whenever I need a short format or long format, I can export them with minimal changes of the bibliography. It would be convenient to have this feature. :-)
    – Trung Ta
    Oct 12, 2015 at 16:31
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    Well, you could go down a way like fjournal vs. journal in Field “fjournal” instead of “journal”, if present.
    – moewe
    Oct 12, 2015 at 16:34

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