In a previous post I asked how one can customize an alpha style-type bst file.

Now, I would like to know how I can change the font of some element (e.g., the titles). In particular, some elements are in italic form. How can I remove that?

  • Do you want to disable italicization globally in the bibliography, or just for some elements? If it's the latter, which ones might they be?
    – Mico
    Jun 21, 2020 at 11:21
  • @Mico I would like to disable italicization globally. I thought, bolding the volume number is rather a minor change, therefore, I asked both question in one post.
    – Astrolabe
    Jun 21, 2020 at 11:38
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    @Mico Query edited. I will post the other query separately later.
    – Astrolabe
    Jun 21, 2020 at 13:37

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I take it you're using a modified version of the file alpha.bst. It contains a function called emphasize, which is invoked in more than a dozen different instances throughout the bst file.

Rather than edit these dozen+ different instances, I suggest disabling the function itself. In the modified bst file, look for the following code block:

FUNCTION {emphasize}
{ duplicate$ empty$
    { pop$ "" }
    { "{\em " swap$ * "}" * }

(Depending on the vintage of your bst file, it may say { "\emph{" swap$ * "}" * } instead of { "{\em " swap$ * "}" * }.)

Change the code block to

FUNCTION {emphasize}

which, effectively, makes it an empty shell that does nothing at all -- exactly what you want it to be, right?


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