I am using the ucthesis class with natbib package. None of the \cite, \citet and \citep commands, show the full author name. They just show the very last part of the author's name in the bib file Example

    author = {Bjornstad J.F.},
    title = "On the generalization of the likelihood function and likelihood principle",
    year = "1996",
    journal="Journal of the American Statistical Association"
    volume = "91",
    number = "36",
    pages = "791-806"



J.F. [1996]
[J.F., 1996]
J.F. [1996]

Just the last part of the author's name. Any idea why?

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    I think that should be {Bjornstad, J.F.} or {J.F. Bjornstad} in the .bib file. Otherwise bibtex interprets Bjornstad as the frist name and J.F. as the last name. – Caramdir Jun 6 '12 at 20:59

You should follow the BibTeX Author formatting explained here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BibTeX#Author_formatting

Specially, you are interested in:

Multiple word last names are distinguished from first and middle names by placing the last names first, then a comma, then the first and middle names

so you should write this as author = {Bjorstad, J. F.}, being Bjorstad the last name, and J. F. the first name.

  • This explanation is likely to be quite confusing: In the example, the last name does not consist of multiple words. Please consider simplifying your explanation. – Mico Jun 7 '12 at 2:13
  • That is what I am doing author = {Bjorstad, J. F.}, It is just not working., Changing the order works though {J. F.,Bjorstad } in the article but in the references at the end , it prints the first name first name and I want the last name to be the first. – ghofrani Jun 7 '12 at 19:33
  • It should be {J. F. Bjorstad} then. With NO commas. – Dan Jun 8 '12 at 8:30

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