Author's names Format

Hi,
I have different author's names which follows patterns like these: Name1 MiddleName1 LastName1 LastName2 OR Name1 LastName1 LastName2. When I was working with BS8 and print the bibliography it worked quite good, e.g. with Harvard Style it always formatted like this: LastName1, X. Y., i.e. take into account the last name with no worries about compound names (Middle names). But now, with BS9 if I print the same paper or document it takes the second last name for the final bibliography. Why this can happen? What am I doing wrong? This is a huge problem because the only way I have found to go through this is putting a hyphen in the middle of the last names, of course the printed bibliography looks like LastName1-LastName2 X.Y. or LastName1-LastName2 X. Could you guys give some advice about this. I have more than 1500 references and I can not fixed all of them manually. I read the comprehensive explanation you offer at the help and I realized it is better to use the comma to separate the elements of the author's name but I have registered authors like aforementioned since 2006. Any recommendation?

Thanks...

Can you give me an example?

Can you give me an example? So I can put it into the Authors field in version 8 and 9 and see the difference. Thanks, Paul

Examples

Hi, sorry for the delay. Here some examples, firsts author's full names and then references. The main problem here is that some times the middle name sometimes acts as given names and sometimes as last names. You explain quite good how to format names in the database by using commas, even that kind of extra elements like Jr., II, and so on. But in my case I have registered the full names as it is, usually as format in the paper. With almost 2000 references and 8.000 authors hard to fix them by hand. OK, here the examples...

Angel Manuel Felicísimo - Firstname, Middlename (Firstname), Lastname. This format works fine!!!
Felicísimo, A. M. 1994, Modelos Digitales del Terreno. Introducción y aplicaciones a las Ciencias Ambientales, Pentalfa Editores, Oviedo - España.

but if the Middle name is a Lastname, then the format works bad, as in:

Fernando Santamaría González - Firstname, Middlename (Lastname), Lastname. This case works bad!!!
González, F. S. 1998, XML (eXtensible Markup Language): nuevo estándar para la descripción de documentos en la Word Wide Web, Florida Centro de Formación Universitaria y Secundaria, Valencia - España.
and must be
Santamaría González, F. 1998, XML (eXtensible Markup Language): nuevo estándar ...........

same case in

Joaquín Bosque Sendra
Sendra, J. B. 1992, Sistemas de Información Geográfica, Rialp, Madrid - España.
and must be
Bosque Sendra, J. 1992, Sistemas de Información Geográfica, Rialp, Madrid - España.

Iqbal A. Goralwalla ; Abudullah U. Tansel ; M. Tamer Özsu - Firstname, Middlename Initial, Lastname. This format works fine!!!
Goralwalla, I. A., Tansel, A. U. & Özsu, M. T. 1995, 'Experimenting with temporal relational databases', in Fourth International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management -CIKM '95-

Finally, if the full name contains four words, as in Jose Antonio Cotelo Lema, the system always assume the last name is the last word and the final is like this:

Alan M. MacEachren ; David Ruxton Fraser Taylor - Firstname, Middlename, 1st Lastname, 2nd Lastname. This case works bad!!!
MacEachren, A. M. & Taylor, D. R. 1994, Visualization in modern cartography, Pergamon Press, Oxford-UK.
and must be
MacEachren, A. M. & Fraser Taylor, D. R. 1994, Visualization in modern cartography, Pergamon Press, Oxford-UK.

Joaquin Andres Cotelo Lema
Lema, J. A., Forlizzi, L., Güting, R. H., Nardelli, E. & Schneider, M. 2003, 'Algorithms for Moving Objects Databases', The Computer Journal
and must be
Cotelo Lema, J. A., Forlizzi, L., Güting, R. H., Nardelli, E. & Schneider, M. 2003, 'Algorithms for Moving Objects Databases', The Computer Journal
This is very common in Latin names.

What about "Jose Manuel de la Peña Rivas" or "Jan W. van Roessel"?

I hope these examples can help. You can find a full explanation of different uses of middle names in the wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_name. I know is quite hard to identify each case but probably there is already a tool or method included in BS which I don't know and can solve this trouble. Please give me a piece of advice, I really don't want to change the way I am used to register author's names.

Regards.

Willington

Still waiting...

Hi Guys, I hope you can help me to solve this problem in the next few days, please do not forget this thread.

Willington

Sorry for answering this

Sorry for answering this thread so late. The problem is caused by how the names are entered. In Biblioscape, you should enter last name first followed by a comma. Then enter firstname and middle name. Using the name "Joaquin Andres Cotelo Lema" as an example, it should be entered as "Cotelo Lema, Joaquin Andres". This rule has not changed since Biblioscape version 1. In case users didn't follow Biblioscape rule and entered names without a comma, Biblioscape has to guess the last name. In such a case, it will use the last word as the last name. It works with English names but not with Spanish names.

Hi, I understand well the

Hi, I understand well the comma use, it is very well explained in the help. But this is exactly what I am trying to avoid, changing my entire collection format. I know I started this in the wrong way but it is a little bit late to fix it (2000+ references). Could you please let me know whether in case of comma-absence Biblioscape always use the very last word of the name as last name. If this is the case, probably I can do something with my compound latin-names references.

Thanks for your answer,

Willington

Willington, When there is no

Willington, When there is no comma, Biblioscape will always use the last word as last name.