Minor but annoying problems with editing styles

Hi All,
I’m attampting to create my own version of Harvard by piggybacking off the Harvard on the system. Citations look like this:

Preston, G.H. (2008) ‘“My Pen Rides the Paper”: Hip-Hop, the Technology of Writing and Nas’s Illmatic’, Journal of Popular Music Studies 20(3): 261-275

Frith, S. (1987) ‘Why Do Songs Have Words?’, A. White (ed.) Lost in Music: Culture, Style and the Musical Event (2nd edn). London: Routledge. 77-106.

Basically it’s just streamlined a bit with bracketed date. But here’s my problems:

With the journal volume/number, if I have a citation where that journal only uses volumes, then it appears like this:

Journal 9(261-275

So, I’m wondering, specifically within the parameters of the style manager>editor, how I can stop that? I think it should be flexible enough to realise when citations do and don’t have particular bits and attached brackets etc. to them, and I’m guessing I’ve just got the syntax wrong. Similar problems occur with different bits, but I’m guessing its all the same logic.

The other minor problem - is there a way for it to automatically put in counting number suffixes, you know ‘st’ ‘rd’ ‘th’ - or should I just manually enter them next to the edition number in the citation entering bit?

If anyone could help me with this, I’d be very grateful. Even better, if someone has already edited a style that looks like this (I’ve seen it used in many journals) could they swing it my way? Thanks!


It would be easier, if you attached your style to tweak it, but you need to use insert the forced separation before and after the parenthesis.  (available from the Insert Field drop down). 

and I just put the suffixes into the field.

Message Edited by Leanne on 04-26-2009 10:43 AM

Hi Leanne,

Thanks for the suggestion - it seems to have solved the problem with journals and most of the stuff with books, but when I decided to add a bit in case books had translators it’s done it again, and now ‘(trans.’ is just floating around. I’m not sure why. I’ve attached the style if you or anyone else could have a look/tweak and let me know.

Thanks so much for your help, saved a lot of trouble.



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try replacing the space between trans. Translator with a “link adjacent text” from that drop down. That should fix it.