I am a newbie in Latex and forgive me if the question seems dum. I have the following entry in my Bibliography.

 author               = {V. Fuller and D. Farinacci and D. Meyer and D. Lewis},
 month                = {June},
 organization         = {Internet Engineering Task Force},
 publisher            = {IETF},
 series               = {Request for Comments},
 title                = {LISP Alternative Topology (LISP+ALT)},
 year                 = {2011},
 howpublished         = {http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-lisp-alt-07},

When I use \bibliographystyle{plain}, I see the following in the subsequent .pdf:

    V. Fuller, D. Farinacci, D. Meyer, and D. Lewis. Lisp alternative topol-
ogy (lisp+alt). http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-lisp-alt-07, June

Which is OK.

But, when I use \bibliographystyle{acm}, (I am forced to use "acm") I see the following in the subsequent .pdf:

Fuller, V., Farinacci, D., Meyer, D., and Lewis, D. Lisp
alternative topology (lisp+alt), http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-lisp-alt-07, June 2011.

You see that commas are put within one name (i.e. names are not displayed correctly). What am I doing wrong? How can I fix this? I am using MikTEX 2.8 with TexNicCenter in Windows XP.

1 Answer 1


Contrary to the plain bibliography style, the acm style uses a lastname/firstname scheme to display author names, and it is common for this scheme to put a comma between the different name parts. Have a look at the ACM LaTeX style guide -- commas between last name and first name are the way it's meant to be.

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    while it's true that the acm style (and lots of others) use this over-comma'ed style, it gets to be very hard to read when there are more than two authors. and perish the thought that one of them should be a junior or similar! the latest edition of chicago specifies that only the first author should be listed last-name-first, with the others in normal order. earlier editions had all names last-name-first, but separated the names by semicolons to eliminate the confusion. someone should suggest to acm that there are more scrutable styles. Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 16:52
  • The link no longer works. Could you provide an update, please?
    – Mico
    Commented Apr 3, 2018 at 21:25

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