I have a reference written by a large collaboration, which asks to be cited not with a list of individual authors, but instead with author given as a single named group, say “The Springfield Algebra Project.”

My bibitem is currently:

  author = {The {Springfield Algebra Project}},
  title = {The Little Book of Algebra}

This comes out fine in bibstyles that give the full author name: either as “The Springfield Algebra Project” or “Springfield Algebra Project, The”, both of which are OK.

However, I’m submitting to a conference whose bibstyle prints first-names as initials, and in that, it comes out as “T. Springfield Algebra Project”, which obviously is not so good. Is there any way to annotate my bibitem so that it comes out better? Specifically, I’d like to have:

  • the citation is still alphabetised under Springfield
  • the initial The is spelled out in full, either before or after the rest of the group name.

I have no control over the bibstyle — it’s provided by the conference.

  • take a look at the key field in the bibtex documentation. Oct 17, 2016 at 12:50

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Found a solution just after posting, based on the comments on this answer, which in turn are based on this answer:

  • define (in the main document preamble) a no-op command, \newcommand{\sortas}[1]{}
  • in the bibitem, list the author as {{\sortas{Springfield Algebra Project}The Springfield Algebra Project}}.

The double brackets tell bibtex to read the whole thing as the “surname”. For sorting purposes, it then ignores the macro and reads the content as Springfield Algebra ProjectThe Springfield Algebra Project; but in the output, LaTeX heeds the macro and discards its contents, giving just The Springfield Algebra Project as desired.

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    Giving this since it worked, but leaving it unaccepted for now in case anyone has a less hacky answer. Oct 17, 2016 at 12:59
  • Not hackish at all. In fact, it's what I would have recommended doing. :-)
    – Mico
    Oct 17, 2016 at 13:02

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