# Biblatex mincitenames not respected with authoryear [duplicate]

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Set limit to one author when using “et al.” in biblatex

I am using biblatex to manage the bibliography of a large document. Everything is working fine, but I have found a small problem that I am not able to solve:

I am calling:

``````\usepackage[style=authoryear, maxbibnames=99, mincitenames=1, maxcitenames=2, backref=true, hyperref=true, dashed=false, firstinits=true, backend=biber, bibencoding=utf8]{biblatex}
``````

At the beginning of my document, and everything works as expected, viz.

\textcite{me2012} -> me (2012)

\textcite{me_and_you2012} -> me and you (2012)

\textcite{me_and_fred_and_dave2012} -> me et al. (2012)

However if I have another "me et al." in the document, the following thing happens:

\textcite{me_and_fred_and_dave2012} -> me, fred, et al. (2012)

\textcite{me_and_sarah_and_lucy2012} -> me, sarah, et al. (2012)

This is very annoying since it seems to be ignoring the mincitenames=1 given at the beginning. I was expecting:

\textcite{me_and_fred_and_dave2012} -> me et al. (2012)

\textcite{me_and_sarah_and_lucy2012} -> me et al. (2012)

Is there any way to block this behaviour?

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Sorry if this was a duplicate, I looked on the internet before posting and didn't really find anything until I turned up the vaguely related post I replied with! –  EdwardAndo Nov 27 '12 at 20:37

## 1 Answer

Based on an answer from These guys, I have managed to work out that this behaviour is achieved by changing the \usepackage in the preamble to:

``````\usepackage[style=authoryear, maxbibnames=99, mincitenames=1, maxcitenames=2, backref=true, hyperref=true, dashed=false, firstinits=true, backend=biber, bibencoding=utf8, uniquename=false, uniquelist=false]{biblatex}
``````

i.e., by adding `uniquename=false, uniquelist=false` to the list of options!

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Great that you solved it, and thanks for sharing your findings. Remember that it's ok to accept your own answer, it'll help future readers know the correct answer. –  Alexis Pigeon Nov 27 '12 at 9:38
Incidentally, if you use `citestyle=apa`, this breaks completely. Moral of the story? Always use `citestyle=authoryear`. –  daviewales May 15 '13 at 14:44