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Interchanging initials and full first names

Jul 5, 2009 at 7:26 AM


I would like to specify full first names in a Word2007 source entry, and then alternate  (in different docs) between generating bibliography entries with initials, as needed in LNCS guidelines, or with full first names. Is that possible today? Is there an easy way to add a field for the initial(s) and modify the style to use this field? or to modify the LNCS style to trims the first name?


Assaf Marron 


Jul 5, 2009 at 9:02 PM

Yes that is possible and no you don't need an extra field for that. If you enter a source, always try to provide a full name, as the style will/should abbreviate the name for you if required. Of course, if the name is already abbreviated it can't extend it.

If you are creating your own style using BibWord, you can use the "a" option for name parts which indicates if a part of a name (be it first, middle, or last) should be abbreviated or not. You can extend this option with a combination of the parameters 's', 'd', and 'p' where

  • s indicates if a space is required if the name exists of multiple parts (e.g. Juan Carlos will become J C);
  • d indicates if dashes should be kept (e.g. Jean-Phillippe will become J-P);
  • p indicates if periods should be used after every part (e.g. Juan Carlos will become J.C.).

Consider the following example entry:

  • Type: Book
  • Author: Hawking, Stephen
  • Title: A Brief History of Time
  • Year: 1988
  • City: New York
  • Publsher: Bantam Books

Now, when using Harvard Anglia, the bibliography will look like:

Hawking, S., 1988. A Brief History of Time. New York: Bantam Books.

while using LNCS, the bibliography will look like:

1. Hawking, Stephen: A Brief History of Time. Bantam Books, New York (1988)

So as you can see, the style decides how to display the name and the end-user does not have to worry about it.

Jul 5, 2009 at 10:26 PM

Hi Yves,

Thanks for the quick and detailed reply again. However, in   the first names are initials only.

Any thoughts?

Best Regards,


Jul 6, 2009 at 7:59 AM

You can't really use the examples in the Word document for anything.

But you are right that there was indeed an inconstitency between the xslt and the latex bst. I uploaded an updated version of the style to

Jul 6, 2009 at 8:35 AM

Thank you for the quick update!!