# Tweak authors in biblatex-gost

I generate my bibliograhy with biblatex and biblatex-gost. I need to tweak the display of authors in the bibliography:

1. The whole list of authors should start with \by
2. The initials should be placed before the surname
3. The initials should b separated with \,
4. There should be a ~ between initials and a surname

Thus, I need e.g.

\by C.\,J.~Goodwin, A.~Smith


Point 3 looks solved, but other do not.

MWE:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[backend=biber,style=gost-numeric,sorting=none]{biblatex}
\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@article{cgood1980,
Author = {Charles John Goodwin and Alice Smith},
Journal = {Sociological Inquiry},
Number = {3-4},
Pages = {272-302},
Title = {Restarts at turn-beginning},
Volume = 50,
Year = 1984,
}
\end{filecontents}

\begin{document}
\parencite{cgood1980}

\renewcommand*{\bibinitdelim}{\textbackslash,} % Works perfectly!

% Desired result:
% \by C.\,J.~Goodwin, A.~Smith

%\renewcommand*{\bibinitperiod}{\~{\space}} % Does NOT what I need

%\DeclareNameAlias{sortname}{last-first} % No effect!
%\DeclareNameAlias{sortname}{first-last} % No effect!

\printbibliography
\end{document}


I realize that (obviously!) it shouldn't be GOST-complaint; indeed, my goal is much more complex: I'm trying to create a workaround which should convert usual biblatex bibliography to amsbib-complaint one (amsbib is a dark Russian magic invented in Steklov Institute of Mathematics; like a guinea pig, it has nothing common neither with AMS nor with BibTeX). De-facto my solution is a wrapper over biblatex2bibitem, see also this question. The problem with authors seems to be the last known one that I have to solve; all the others are rather pathological.

In biblatex-gost styles the names at the beginning of a bibliography entry are controlled by the heading name format.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{lmodern}
\usepackage[backend=biber,style=gost-numeric,sorting=none]{biblatex}

% 1
% 2
% 3
\renewcommand*{\bibinitdelim}{\textbackslash,}
% 4
\renewcommand*{\bibnamedelimd}{\textasciitilde}

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@article{cgood1980,
Author  = {Charles John Goodwin and Alice Smith},
Journal = {Sociological Inquiry},
Number  = {3-4},
Pages   = {272-302},
Title   = {Restarts at turn-beginning},
Volume  = 50,
Year    = 1984,
}
\end{filecontents}

• Thank you very much for the quick answer! I encountered the only problem with p.1: I'm stuck to certain biblatex version because I sometimes post article to arXiv. Thus, I couldn't use \DeclareNameWrapperFormat. Instead of it, I (following this question) concluded that amsbib never uses bibdashes, and I can redefine it: \renewbibmacro{bbx:dashcheck}{\textbackslash by } \renewcommand{\bibnamedash}{} (just for reference) Jul 6, 2020 at 19:12