# Getting Jabref to italicize the expression “et al.” [closed]

I am trying to get JabRef to italicize the "et al." part if there are more than 3 authors. I get "et al." allright but not italicized. Could anyone help me, please?

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JabRef only manages your bibliography entries, meaning it helps you modify the content. When you produce a document with bibliographies in it, the formatting is done by whatever you use to render it (the exact formatting is defined by the bibliography style you use). So I don't see any possibility italicize anything with JabRef... If you let us know what bibliography style you use, then we can help. – Count Zero Feb 4 at 19:00
Welcome to TeX.sx! As already explained by Count Zero, JabRef is only responsible for managing your bibliographic entries (the .bib file); to answer your question, it would be useful to know if you are using BibTeX or BibLaTeX, with which bibliographic style (the .bst file), and so on. A minimal working example (MWE) would definitely help. – Corentin Feb 4 at 19:06
+1 Count Zero ;) This is probably best done with biblatex. You can use option maxcitenames=3 to get "et al." for more than 3. To italicize "et al.", use package xpatch and macro \xpatchbibmacro{name:andothers}{\bibstring{andothers}}{\bibstring[\emph]{andothe‌​rs}}{}{} – Michael Palmer Feb 4 at 20:08
For specific guidance on how to modify some of the 'basic' bibliography style files -- such as plain and unsrt -- to truncate lists of authors containing three or more contributors automatically (to FirstAuthor and others, say), see tex.stackexchange.com/a/26582/5001. – Mico Feb 4 at 20:25
For the closing-voters I think this is not off-topic as the question turns out to be a .bst question. But it is probably too localized as no other related info is provided. – percusse Feb 8 at 11:29

## closed as too localized by Daniel E. Shub, percusse, Kurt, Paul Gaborit, Claudio FiandrinoFeb 8 at 12:13

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