I have been looking around for a Bibliography style with the following format.

[1] Last name, F and Last name, F, Title, Journal, Vol, Issue (year), pages.

The closest I could find is acm.bst which is like

[1] LAST NAME, F and LAST NAME, F, Title, Journal, Vol, Issue(year), pages.

The preamble of my paper looks like this.


and my bibtex file is like

author = { R. P. {Agarwal}  and  J. {Dshalalow}  and  D.   {O'Regan} },
title = {Fixed Point and Homotopy Results For Generalized Contractive Maps of Reich Type},
journal = {Applicable Analysis},
volume = {82},
number = {4},
pages = {329--350},
year  = {2003},
publisher = {Taylor \& Francis},
doi = {10.1080/0003681031000098470},
URL = {https://doi.org/10.1080/0003681031000098470},
eprint = {https://doi.org/10.1080/0003681031000098470}

Following @Mico's suggestion in the comments below, I made a custom .bst file with latex makebst in the command prompt as per my requirement. Putting this custom bst file along with the .tex file and running


gives me the desired output. Copying the custom bst file in my local directory (texmf tree) (and also in the directory C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\bibtex\bst) gave error when compiling. So, I have two new questions.

  1. How do I use my custom bst without placing it along with my .tex file?

  2. How do I change this custom bst (for example, remove the bold face of volume number, etc.) without using latex makebst?

Thanks in advance.

  • Could you consider using biblatex? – Bernard Sep 1 '19 at 9:33
  • Note, however, that biblatex might not be a viable option if you are going to submit your work to a publisher/journal (tex.stackexchange.com/q/12175/35864). If you are submitting to a certain journal/publisher, check their author guidelines for hints about LaTeX, maybe they offer a LaTeX template with matching bibliography style. – moewe Sep 1 '19 at 10:33
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    Two off-topic comments about your bib entry: (i) There's absolutely no need to encase the surnames in curly braces; (ii) The publisher field should be {Taylor \& Francis}, not {Taylor & Francis}. (Can you spot the difference?) – Mico Sep 1 '19 at 14:17
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    So far, you've identified "only" how the formatting for entries of type @article should be formatted (and how your requirements differ from what's provided by the acm bib style). Your bibliography presumably has other entry types as well, right? In such cases, rather than hack an existing bib style, it's usually better to familiarize oneself with the makebst utility, which is part of the custom-bib package. Type latex makebst at a command prompt and answer a slew of questions with multiple-choice answers. At the end, you'll have a bespoke bib style file. – Mico Sep 1 '19 at 14:40
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    It is, honestly, rather unreasonable for the journal to require some rather unusual formatting quirks for bib entries yet not provide a suitable bib style file. Did you contact the journal's editorial staff and verify that they don't provide a ready-made bib style file? – Mico Sep 1 '19 at 14:43

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