[Posted and mailed]
In article <ygbpvbsoatl.fsf at razor.biokemi.su.se>,
Arne Elofsson <arne at razor.biokemi.su.se> writes:
>> My main problem with LyX/Bibtex is not to keep track of the references
> (emacs is excellent for that) but that the quality of the format files
> not are that good. I have submitted papers to protein science,
> proteins and jmb using Lyx (or latex sometimes)but It has always
> involded some manual cheating to get every single comma and italics
>> And the format of style files is difficult to say the least.
Not necessarily. Modern tex distributions (such as tetex) come with a file
called "makebst.tex". You can simply run it like this:
(since the file makebst.tex should be somewhere in the tex-distribution default tree, it is probably not necessary to specify the full path for makebst.tex).
You will then be asked lots of questions, such as:
> STYLE OF CITATIONS:
> (*) Numerical as in standard LaTeX
> (a) Author-year with some non-standard interface
> (b) Alpha style (labels like DAL90)
> (c) Cite key (special for listing contents of bib file)
You can decide which things have to be in italics, what is the order of
entries, if they are comma-, colon-, or dot-separated, etc. The output
is a bibtex style file you can use for your document. I once did this
for my thesis, and it was easy.
If you can't find makebst.tex on your machine, you can get it from one
of the CTAN archives, such as ftp.dante.de (see