Format of proper names
Many CIF data items take as value the name of an author or contributor
e.g. _publ_author_name). The convention for expressing a name
is as follows.
A complete name may be defined by concatenating
- the family name or names
- optionally, any dynastic suffixes
- the character "," (comma) as separator followed by a space
- optionally, a title
- given names or initials
The name should be given in mixed upper/lower case. For the family name,
multiple components should be hyphenated or capitalised according to local
custom. The family name may include conventional dynastic or courtesy
components such as "Mc", "ben", "ibn", "de", "von". Dynastic suffixes take
the form "Jr", "III" etc.
The use of titles is discouraged, but if
employed, they should precede the forenames, and should be shortened with a
trailing point if abbreviations (e.g.
"Prof." for "Professor") and
without a trailing point if contractions ("Dr" for "Doctor"). Initials
should be followed with a trailing point and optionally a space, but no
space should be included in hyphenated sets of initials.
- 'Bleary, Percival R.'
- "O'Neil, F. K."
- 'Van den Bossche, G.'
- 'Yang, D.-L.'
- 'Simonov, Yu.A'
- 'Churchill III, Mr Winston S.'