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I'm using the style plainnat with the beamer class. I'm using BibTeX and this happens. I have the following in my .bib

@Article{ TiWuNg07,
    title = "{Performance analysis and improvement for BitTorrent-like file sharing systems}",
    author = "Y. Tian and Di Wu and KW Ng",
    journal = "Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience",
    volume = "19",
    number = "13",
    pages = "1811--1835",
    year = "2007",
    publisher = "John Wiley \& Sons"

And this is what appears as the bibitem:

\bibitem[Tian et~al.(2007)Tian, Wu, and Ng]{TiWuNg07}
Y.~Tian, Di~Wu, and KW~Ng.
\newblock {Performance analysis and improvement for BitTorrent-like file
  sharing systems}.
\newblock \emph{Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience},
  19\penalty0 (13):\penalty0 1811--1835, 2007.

Minimal code for .tex:


\begin{frame}{Tian, Wu, Ng - 2007\cite{TiWuNg07}}

The citation appears as [Tian et~al.(2007)Tian, Wu, and Ng] when it should be [Tian et~al.(2007)]

As you can see, in the citation text, the authors appear again after the year. Why is this happening and how can I solve it without changing it manually? All the other bibitems appear correctly.

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I don't see the issue: in a quick test document the printed output looks fine. Perhaps a full minimal example and a mock-up of what you see and why it's wrong? – Joseph Wright Dec 6 '10 at 19:32
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What makes you think that the plainnat style will work without the natbib package? ;-)

Add the following to your preamble (the second code line will make natbib compatible with beamer):


and use \citep instead of \cite in the document.

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That is a useful hack. Someone answered the same on an old question of mine about beamer and natbib. Sadly I had already accepted another answer. – fabikw Dec 6 '10 at 22:11
@fabikw: You can always change the accepted answer. – TH. Apr 3 '11 at 11:19

You are using the bibliography style plainnat, which is meant to be used with the natbib package, without actually loading this package. natbib stores some extra information, such as the author names and the year in the label. To get correct labels, either load natbib, or change the style to just plain.

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Yes, but ... Simply loading natbib will result in an error message (because \newblock isn't defined in beamer). – lockstep Dec 6 '10 at 20:50
@lockstep: Oh, I didn't know that (I never actually used bibtex in a beamer presentation). I guess that also plain would fail then, since it also puts the references inside \newblock:s. Seems like an odd omission in beamer. – Olof Dec 6 '10 at 21:09

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