[Tex/LaTex] When running Bibtex with a statement that has a comma at the end, this is obscuring real problems


When I run bibtex on document with a citation such as \cite{European00Presidency} and the .bib entry looks like this:

  author = {European Council,},
  title = {Presidency conclusions},
  year = {2000},
  keywords = {Lisbon Strategy},
  publisher = {European Council,},
  type = {Government Document},
  url = {http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/ec/00100-r1.en0.htm}

I get the very unhelpful warning message that " "European Council," has a comma at the end for entry European00Presidency" Which i really don't care about. But it hides other warnings such as entry not found or what ever. I would like to turn that warning off in Bibtex. Does anyone know how to do that.

I'm using MikTex 2.9, Jabref 2.9.2 and texmaker 4.1.1

As this is a problem for anyone dealing with large numbers of corporate authors I think there should be an option of changing this

Best Answer

while this is not clearly documented in the "usual" places, in "guide to latex" by kopka & daly, it is stated in section 12.2.4, regarding names, that

Anything enclosed in braces will be treated as a single item, something that is used in ambiguous cases, or when the name contains a comma or the word and. An example is

"{Harvey and Sons, Ltd}"

thus my advice is to omit the comma, but wrap an additional pair of braces around the element, as

author = {{European Council}},