I use Jabref to store all articles I need and bibtex4word add-on (in MS Word) to maintain the reference list. So, I would like to know how to properly fill the "author" field in Jabref with multiple authors to appear them correct in the reference list.

For example, I've got the article with several authors:

E. Orti, J.L. Bredas, C. Clarisse

And I would like them to appear in this manner. But instead I get this:

C. C. E. Orti, J. L. Bredas

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    With your setup, the author field is interpreted as containing a single author, with "E. Orti" as the surname component, "J.L. Bredas" as the junior component, and "C. Clarisse" as the first-name component. The bibliography style you employ appears to be set to (a) abbreviate first names down to their initials and (b) place the first-name initials before the surname component. Moreover, the junior component is separated from the remainder of the name with a comma. That's why you're getting "C. C. E. Orti, J.L. Bredas" as the formatted output. Moral of the story: Use proper input syntax.
    – Mico
    Sep 20, 2017 at 11:00

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The appropriate separator for authors is "and". Comma is used to distinguish first and last name (link):

author = "Orti, E. and Bredas, J.L. and Clarisse, C.",
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    Just a comment for people looking at this later. Biber 1.5+ allows you to customise the separator for names and lists to something other than 'and' if you want to.
    – PLK
    Dec 2, 2012 at 22:04
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    @stefan, Here is the page on archive.org (from June 20, 2013): web.archive.org/web/20130620150431/http://amath.colorado.edu/… May 1, 2014 at 18:49
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    Shouldn't J.L. be J. L.?
    – mankoff
    Jan 9, 2015 at 1:31
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    Better yet is J.~L. this way there is a space between the two initials but the 5 characters (2 letter, 2 full stops, and one space) are treated as on typographical unit and will always appear on the same line. Oct 4, 2015 at 17:35
  • We should avoid using \& or any other separators, am I right?
    – zyy
    Mar 5, 2019 at 1:59

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