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I am using natbib and a modified \bibliographystyle that approximates the APA style (downloaded from here: http://web.reed.edu/cis/help/latex/images/apa-good.bst.zip).

The only problem is this: In APA, when multiple-author citations appear in parentheses, the author names should be connected with "&". However, when multiple-author citations appear outside of parentheses (e.g., at the beginning of a sentence), the author names should be connected with "and". This is something I have not managed to achieve.

I know how to get into the .bst and make the global change from "&" to "and" (i.e., changing the FUNCTION {format.lab.names}...). This is not what I need, however.

I was wondering whether anyone has any idea how this problem can be solved (without substituting natbib with another package).

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The latest version of apacite with the natbibapa option is able to solve this problem. It follows the commands of natbib so no need for major restructuring in the main document. Unfortunately, the natbibapa option currently has a bug that can be solved by following the instructions in this post link. Anyway, I hope this helps some people with similar problem. –  Bonnie Feb 20 '12 at 4:26
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If this has solved your problem (or almost), then you should write a self-answer, rather than a comment. –  egreg Mar 3 '12 at 22:57

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Switched the comment of Bonni to an answer

The latest version of apacite with the option natbibapa is able to solve this problem. It follows the commands of natbib so no need for major restructuring in the main document. Unfortunately, the option natbibapa currently has a bug that can be solved by following the instructions in the post New apacite package (2012-Feb-14) problem?. Anyway, I hope this helps some people with similar problem.

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