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In my manuscript, I would like to use socpsych.bst for my output references but I could not find this .bst file on the internet. Instead I would like to use spbasic.bst in order to make it look like the one generated by socpsych.bst. For example, in the output references, I would like to get the journal names and volume number in italic. Any suggestion on how I can modify the spbasic.bst would be highly appreciated.

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There is no easy answer on how to modify bst files. The language of BibTeX is its own stack-based language. However, there are a few good resources to guide you

Tame the Beast, by Nicholas Markey

http://tug.ctan.org/info/bibtex/tamethebeast/ttb_en.pdf

and several papers by Oren Patashnik, the author of BibTeX:

http://bibtexml.sourceforge.net/btxdoc.pdf

https://www.pctex.com/files/managed/a/a3/btxhak.pdf

https://www.tug.org/TUGboat/tb24-1/patashnik.pdf

Other BibTeX resources:

http://www.bibtex.org/Format/

https://www.openoffice.org/bibliographic/bibtex-format.pdf

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