How should authors name be separated in a bibliographic entry?

Suppose for example :

  title={Automatic control in microelectronics manufacturing: Practices, challenges, and possibilities},
  author={Edgar, Thomas F and Butler, Stephanie W and Campbell, W Jarrett and Pfeiffer, Carlos and Bode, Christopher and Hwang, Sung Bo and Balakrishnan, KS and Hahn, Juergen},

how is the author field supposed to be?

Is it correct to write:

name1, surname1, and name2, surname2, and name3, surname3


EDIT: Additional problem: The author list of the following reference

  title={Improving iForest with Relative Mass},
  author={Aryal, Sunil and Ting, Kai Ming and Wells, Jonathan R. and Washio, Takashi},
  booktitle={Advances in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining},

ends with ...,Jonathan R Well, and Takashi Washio. It ends with , and and. Where is the error? It seems to follow the proposed rule.

  • What's the issue? Is it the comma between the next-to-last and last authors? Is it the "and" conjunction immediately before the final author? Please clarify. Separately, are you sure that there's no "." (period) after "R" in "Jonathan R Well"? Also, is there no space immediately before "Jonathan"?
    – Mico
    Jul 23 '16 at 16:48
  • Yes the problem is the coma before the and, and Takashi Washio. I tried to use both R and R. but the result is the same
    – Donbeo
    Jul 23 '16 at 16:52
  • Well, the comma -- the so-called "Oxford comma" -- is put there by the bib style you use (plain, right?). It's a specific design choice. You're not making a mistake.
    – Mico
    Jul 23 '16 at 16:54
  • If I compile your sample bib entry with the plain bibliography style, I definitely get a . after "R" -- the author being entered as Wells, Jonathan R -- and I also get a space before "Jonathan".
    – Mico
    Jul 23 '16 at 16:57

You should write the author field either as

author = {Edgar, Thomas F. and Butler, Stephanie W. and Campbell, W. Jarrett 
    and Pfeiffer, Carlos and Bode, Christopher and Hwang, Sung Bo 
    and Balakrishnan, K. S. and Hahn, J{\"u}rgen},

or as

author = {Thomas F. Edgar and Stephanie W. Butler and W. Jarrett Campbell 
    and Carlos Pfeiffer and Christopher Bode and Sung Bo Hwang 
    and K.S. Balakrishnan and J{\"u}rgen Hahn},

In short:

  • Use the keyword and between authors

  • Use commas if (and only if) you wish to place surnames before given names

  • Do place . (periods, "full stops") after abbreviated first and middle names.

For sure,

name1, surname1, and name2, surname2, and name3, surname3

is wrong for two reasons: (i) there should be be no commas between the (given) names and the associated surnames and (ii) there should be no commas after the surnames either.

  • I have edited the question
    – Donbeo
    Jul 23 '16 at 9:56
  • @Donbeo - which bibliography style do you use?
    – Mico
    Jul 23 '16 at 12:16
  • \bibliographystyle{plain}
    – Donbeo
    Jul 23 '16 at 12:34

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