I'm using the alpha bibliography style in a document of mine. Now, I have the following entry in my .bib file:

  key          = {Frobnicating the bar},
  author       = {The Foo Team},
  year         = {2018},
  note         = {\url{https://www.foo.com/whatever}}

I'm not using natbib, nor biblatex nor anything like that. What I get is:

[tea18] The foo team. Frobincating the bar. https://www.foo.com/whatever

The entry is fine - except for the shorthand. I'm actually not sure what I even want it to be, but definitely not "tea" as though it was some person whose last name is "team".

Can I fix this somehow?

  • In name fields you should write author = {{The Foo Team}}, to make sure the name is treated as a unit and not parsed as the name of a person with last name "Team" and first names "The Foo", see also tex.stackexchange.com/q/10808/35864. Since the alpha style gives author preference over the key field when producing labels for @misc I can't see a way to override the label if you want to stick to author (which probably makes sense). – moewe Sep 3 '18 at 13:12
  • Any news here? Was the issue resolved? – schtandard Jul 24 '19 at 9:47
  • @schtandard: I used my own answer and that works; have not inquired further... – einpoklum Jul 24 '19 at 11:25

One option: Make "The Foo Team" an organization, not an author. You'll lose mention of them in the entry, but the shorthand should become [Fro18].

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