@LMeyerov: Scientist-at-large launching a big data visualization startup.
It took me awhile to find this, but if you want to use \citeauthor, \citet macros from natbib, etc. for Springer / LNCS papers, use this package. If you aren't using these macros, you should: it will avoid heartache from misspelling author names. If you are not mentioning author names, this may also help put you into the habit.