My purpose is to reproduce this type of bibliography :

My desired bibliography

I identified three major things :

  1. This is an alpha style bibliography.
  2. The cite name [Luo15] is in bold.
  3. The name of the authors are in small caps.

I managed to solve items 1 and 2 this way :


%Bibliography Style

% Command for bold cite in text




This just to show you I worked a little and that I am not asking this without trying before !

How can I make the author name in small caps to finish the reproduction of the desired bibliography ?

Thank you !

EDIT. The bibliography style I want looks like th cparalleles style here : http://www.cs.stir.ac.uk/~kjt/software/latex/showbst.html


There is a great tool for writing bst files: makebst by Patrick Daly. It comes with a standard LaTeX distribution and you call it

latex makebst

It now asks you a lot of questions interactively and allows you to create a custom bst file for you requirements.

EDIT: When you have created a custom bst file like this, just replace the line



\bibliographystyle{myalpha} % Insert your choosen name here

and it should build smoothly running the usual sequence latex-bibtex-latex-latex.

  • It looks good, but I don't know if it is usable with ShareLatex. I'll see. Still I think I missed a one line command to solve my problem ^^ – M.LTA Apr 26 '16 at 15:53
  • @M.LTA Unfortunately, I don't think it is a one-liner. It is, of course, possible to copy alpha.bst to myalpha.bst and edit it; but the drawback is that you must acquaint yourself to yet another programming language of an unusual type. – jk - Reinstate Monica Apr 26 '16 at 16:57
  • I am ready to try with makebst : on my computer, windows produces a .mst just fine, but I don't know how to use it with Sharelatex (which I use a lot), do you know how to do it ? – M.LTA Apr 26 '16 at 21:51
  • Ok so I uploaded the file .bst and then I called \bibliographystyle{mybibliography} and it works ! Another question : I am french and I want real french guillemets in the bibliography. Is there a method to allow makebst to use the french babel package and the \og \fg{} commands ? – M.LTA Apr 27 '16 at 9:15
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    @M.LTA: BibTeX is completely agnostic of babel or other language packages and will happily write any TeX command (like \og \fg{} into your bibliography. Your bibliography will than only compile with babel loaded which is fine since you know wat you are doing. – jk - Reinstate Monica Apr 27 '16 at 9:19

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