I want to cite https://arxiv.org/abs/math/0511710

I have written following in .bib file

    title={Higher gauge theory, Categories in algebra, geometry and mathematical physics (eds. A. Davydov et al)},
    author={Baez, JC and Schreiber, U},
    journal={Contemporary Mathematics},

I am expecting it to come like

J C Baez and Urs Schreiber, Higher gauge theory, in Categories in Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics, eds. A. Davydov et al, Contemp. Math. 431, AMS, Providence, Rhode Island, 2007, pp. 7-30

It is coming as

JC Baez and U Schreiber. Higher gauge theory, categories in algebra, geometry and mathematical physics (eds. a. davydov et al). Contemporary Mathematics, 431:7–30, 2007.

I do not see what is wrong with what I have written, Book name is coming in small letters.

Working example :

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  • Can you mention what .bst file you are using?
    – MadyYuvi
    Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 4:06
  • @MadyYuvi I am sorry, what does .bst file mean? Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 4:10
  • Please refer the brief reply from Guido about .bst file, tex.stackexchange.com/questions/85432/… I came to understand from your MWE, that you are using the plain.bst file...
    – MadyYuvi
    Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 4:17
  • One should use the @article entry type only for articles published in journals. You ought to be using the @incollection entry type.
    – Mico
    Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 4:17
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    @Mico Oh... I do not know what is "incollection".. I will read about it Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 4:29

1 Answer 1


To cite a piece that was published (usually as a chapter) in a conference proceedings volume, it is not appropriate to use the @article entry type. The @article entry type should only ever be used for, well, articles published in scholarly journals.

I believe you should be using the @inproceedings (synonym: @incollection) entry type for the entry at hand. I've tried to backfill some useful bibliographic information not contained in your posting. (Most of this information is from the AMS's website: https://bookstore.ams.org/conm-431/.)

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A side comment: If you want abbreviated rather than full first names of authors and editors, you shouldn't be using the plain bibliography style; instead, use a style such as abbrv.

  author    = "John C. Baez and Urs Schreiber",
  title     = "Higher Gauge Theory",
  pages     = "7--30",
  booktitle = "Categories in Algebra, Geometry and Mathematical Physics: 
               Conference and Workshop in Honor of Ross Street's 60th Birthday,
               July 11--16\slash July 18--21, 2005",
  editor    = "Alexei Davydov and Michael Batanin and Michael Johnson 
               and Stephen Lack and Amnon Neeman",
  year      = 2007,
  publisher = "American Mathematical Society",
  address   = "Providence RI",
  series    = "Contemporary Mathematics",
  number    = 431,


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