something dumb on bibtex entry format,

David Carlisle d.p.carlisle at
Tue Jan 12 19:58:41 CET 2021

> The rendered/pdftotext outputs appear identical with the backslash or not
in the month field,

As I said that is not in general true, it was just by luck, as the bst
style that you used placed a space after the month so the generated
bibliography had \ which acts as a space.
A bibliographystyle that placed punctuation after the month would get
various errors or spurious accents or math spaces.

so a bib bfile with a trailing \ in any field is not in general usable.
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