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Brett Presnell
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BibTeX Styles for Statistics Journals

Thanks to Patrick W. Daly's Custom-Bib package, it is now a much simpler task to create a custom BibTeX style file (if you've ever created a nonstandard BibTeX style from scratch you will really appreciate this). I've used custom-bib to create BibTeX styles for a few statistics journals. These should be used in conjunction with Daly's natbib package (if your LaTeX installation is at all up to date this will already be installed). Even if you don't use these style files I recommend strongly that you use natbib, which provides a superior citation mechanism for LaTeX documents (you can even switch easily between numerical and author-date citations without major surgery on the document).

If these files do not provide a correct result for some specific type of entry, let me know and I will try to fix it. It would help to have an example from the journal showing the correct syntax. Since journals typically do not provide exhaustive information about various kinds of bibliography entries, it's hard to know what might have been missed. On top of that, some of these have not been very thoroughly tested, since I have not yet gone to the trouble of putting together a really good test bibliography with all the different types of entries that one might encounter. If I do update any of these styles I will try to remember to add a note to that effect to this page.

  • amsplnat.bst: a natbib compatible version of amsplain.bst. This is the style of the American Mathematical Society, and is called for by the Journal of Nonparametric Statistics (though in the end I don't think they really use it). It's a rather strange style, and I had to hack it a bit to fix up date handling. I haven't tested it beyond using it for a single paper, so let me know if you have a reference that it mishandles.
  • asa.bst: a BibTeX style for the Journal of the American Statistical Association (JASA) and other journals from the American Statistical Association (The American Statistician, Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics, Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, and Technometrics).

    By the way, to get the citation style that ASA requires, put the command \bibpunct{(}{)}{;}{a}{}{,} in the preamble of your document.

  • biometrika.bst: a BibTeX style for Biometrika.
  • ims.bst: a BibTeX style for journals published by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (Annals of Statistics, Annals of Probability, and Annals of Appliced Probability).
  • sjs.bst: a BibTeX style for the Scandanavian Journal of Statistics. Jim Hobert and I ran this one off very quickly and I hacked it to get lowercase book titles. I'm sure it will get some things wrong.
  • statinmed.bst: a BibTeX style for Statistics in Medicine. Again, I'm sure this will get some things wrong, but it's a start.
  • I used to provide a BibTeX style for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (JRSS), but the RSS now provides their own bibtex and latex style files in this zip file. The bibtex style is set up to work with natbib, so I see no reason not to use it.
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