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I'm citing an in-text reference using natbib and a Harvard-style. The way I've constructed the sentence indicates possession, for example:

Smith et al.'s (2009) recent study ...

What I get when using \citet{} is:

Smith et al. (2009) recent study ...

Is there a way to add the apostrophe and s in this context? I tried placing it in the square brackets \citet[][]{} but that doesn't work.

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marked as duplicate by lockstep, clemens, Torbjørn T., Paul Gaborit, Kurt Jul 28 '13 at 12:23

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You can always rewrite; "The recent study by Smith et al. (2009)..." – Arturo Magidin Jan 3 '11 at 5:27
    
True, but in something the length of a dissertation it's nice to be able to vary the sentence structure. – Steve Jan 3 '11 at 7:20
    
See also the answers to this question. – lockstep Feb 18 '11 at 22:12
    
Very similar concept to tex.stackexchange.com/questions/6613 – Joseph Wright Feb 18 '11 at 22:46
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It's not exactly pretty (especially if you're using hyperlinks or backreferences), but you could use \citeauthor{key}'s \citeyearpar{key}.

If you do this a lot you could define a command:

\newcommand{\citetapos}[1]{\citeauthor{#1}'s \citeyearpar{#1}}

That way you could avoid having to insert the key twice.

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That's great frabjous, thanks a lot. I added some text color to make the apostrophe blend in with the rest of the hyperlink: \newcommand{\citetapos}[1]{\citeauthor{#1}{\textcolor{blue}{'s}} \citeyearpar{#1}} – Steve Jan 3 '11 at 7:21
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Just be careful using this with authors whose names end with 's'. – Alan Munn Jan 3 '11 at 15:00
    
Good point - it would be better to deal with those 'manually' - using separate /citeauthor and \citeyearpar commands. – Steve Jan 3 '11 at 16:16
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I don't see the problem. It is perfectly acceptable to add 's to proper names ending in s. In fact, some grammar guides recommend that: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – frabjous Jan 3 '11 at 16:31
    
Fair enough, though I think it looks odd to do that - it's just the way i've been taught. Good to know that it's not a grammatical 'error' at least. – Steve Jan 3 '11 at 17:08

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