I have recently written a survey article for some journal. The problem is that they have not given their bibliography style file. However they have given in their preferred format for the bibliography. These are as follows.

Listing alphabetically, and numerical reference. For paper the whole thing should come as like

  1. Chen, T., Frohlich, J., Walcher, J.: The decay of unstable noncommutative solitons. Commun. Math. Phys. 237, 243–269 (2003)

Of course, arXiv entries should also be accommodated in a similar way.

For books

  1. Andrews, G.E., Askey, R., Roy, R.: Special Functions. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge (1999)

And for conference proceedings

  1. Buslaev, V.S., Perel’man, G.S.: On the stability of solitary waves for nonlinear Schrodinger equations, in “Nonlinear Evolution Equations”. Am. Math. Soc. Transl. Ser. 2 (164), 75–98 (1995)

Closest format of this strange style is acm, though the year has to be put at the end of each entry. Further I would like to have doi/url links highlighting the title of the paper (not as a separate entry like in most of the AMS publications). Since the number of bibliography entries are so large, I can not do it by hand.

So can someone suggest me, how to modify acm style such that it takes care of all the above mentioned points? Advanced thanks for any help/suggestions.

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    You can do all this in biblatex, and I'm fairly sure most of the specific points have been asked before, but it's worth checking that you can actually complete a submission if you rely on biblatex. Many journals with TeX submission routes require embedded bilbiographies (these aren't too hard to generate if you're using bibtex). They tend to compile automatically in house so anything too complex that you do will break.
    – Chris H
    May 23, 2016 at 8:43
  • Please clarify what you mean by "Further I would like to have doi/url links highlighting the title of the paper".
    – Mico
    May 23, 2016 at 10:57
  • @Mico acm style file did not allow any hyper-link to be put for the papers. I wanted to put those links.
    – RSG
    May 23, 2016 at 12:02
  • @RSG - If you use the makebst utility to create a new bst file from scratch, it will provide a couple of questions on whether you want the bibliography style to recognize fields such as doi and url.
    – Mico
    May 23, 2016 at 14:00

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Rather than take an existing bst file and adjust it in various places to achieve your bibliographic formatting needs, I would like to recommend you create a new bibliography style file that immediately implements all of your formatting requirements.

This is actually much less difficult to achieve than it may sound: Just run the makebst utility that's part of the custom-bib package. Type latex makebst at a command prompt to start the interactive question-and-answer process, and select a suitable answer from the menu of answers to each question. For each question, there's a default answer (marked with an asterisk) that may be chosen simply by hitting "return". At the end of this process, the makebst utility will create a bst file that implements all of your formatting requirements.

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