i'm using latex preparing paper. I use acm reference format (ACM-Reference-Format.bst) as reference style, it should produce something like this: enter image description here

but actually I get something like following: enter image description here

can anyone tells me how to create the first formatting style, or tell me which .bst file to use? thanks. The code I use for citation:

  • Welcome to TeX.SE. Have you loaded the natbib citation management package?
    – Mico
    Commented Sep 27, 2017 at 12:04
  • not really, and I just tried \usepackage{natbib}, it changed the style but still not the first style I want.
    – Jay Done
    Commented Sep 27, 2017 at 12:08
  • I don't really know what 'acm-reference-format.bst' should look like. I just want to produce the style in the first image.
    – Jay Done
    Commented Sep 27, 2017 at 12:12
  • I would like dispute your claim that ACM-Reference-Format bibliography style "... should produce something like this...". This bibliography style definitely does not truncate first (given) names, and it doesn't place the truncated given names behind the surnames. Whoever told you that the first screenshot you posted was generated with the ACM-Reference-Format bib style was misinformed.
    – Mico
    Commented Sep 27, 2017 at 18:17
  • Incidentally, my preceding comments are based on the properties of the current version of ACM-Reference-Format, i.e., version 2.1., dated 14 June 2017. I have no idea if any substantive changes were made in version 2.1 regarding the way the author field is formatted; however, I would strongly doubt it.
    – Mico
    Commented Sep 27, 2017 at 18:54

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You need to have the reference style sheet in the same directory.

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