I just came across this:
“There is broad agreement that the cause of the dinosaur and pterosaur extinctions were one and the same,” University of Texas, Austin paleontologist Brian Andres says. — What Doomed the Pterosaurs?
Is it actually correct to put a comma before, but not after, “Austin”?
I am finding this convention extremely annoying and illogical. If “Austin” was given in parantheses, it would be enclosed by those, and I feel like this would be the logically correct thing to do for commas as well. In fact, the German language is very strict about enclosing commas.
Is there an authoritative reference this, or concurring opinions?