Using the AAAI style included here and detailed here, when I cite several authors like so:


I get:

(Xauthor, Xyear; Yauthor, Yyear; Zauthor, Zyear)

when I cite like so:


I get:

XauthorYear; YauthorYear; ZauthorYear

Is there a way to cite without those outer parens? So that I can achieve

Yada yada yada (e.g., Xauthor, Xyear; Yauthor, Yyear; Zauthor, Zyear)

instead of

Yada yada yada (e.g., (Xauthor, Xyear; Yauthor, Yyear; Zauthor, Zyear))


Yada yada yada (e.g., (XauthorYear; YauthorYear; ZauthorYear))

The only solution I can find is to do

\citeauthor{xcitation} \citeyear{xcitation}, \citeauthor{ycitation}  \citeyear{ycitation}, \citeauthor{zcitation} \citeyear{zcitation}

But it seems like there has to be a more efficient way to accomplish this.

(NOTE: As mentioned in the comments below, the solution accepted for this answer involves using natbib, a package explicitly forbidden when submitting to the AAAI conference. If you actually need to submit a document to the AAAI conference, this page does not contain an answer for you.)

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    Welcome to TeX.sx! – Peter Jansson Apr 8 '13 at 17:48
  • If you have access to natbib's capabilities (which seems to be the case here, according to a comment), you can use \citetext and \citealt or \citealp: \citetext{e.g., \citealt{X}, \citealt{Y}, \citealt{Z}}. (I deleted my answer and moved it to a comment). – Gonzalo Medina Apr 8 '13 at 18:09
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    @williamstome then please edit your question and add a minimal, yet complete document showing the relevant settings; in particular, provide a link to the AAAI style (I assume it's a .bst file) you mentioned. – Gonzalo Medina Apr 8 '13 at 18:18
  • @GonzaloMedina I hadn't used natbib before, and thus did not realize it was a separate package I needed to import. From your answer, I thought I already had access to the capabilities you listed. Reading the natbib documentation elucidated my situation. – williamstome Apr 8 '13 at 19:17
  • @williamstome That's why I insisted so eagerly on your current settings: I assumed that you were already using natbib. – Gonzalo Medina Apr 8 '13 at 19:19

You can use natbib package by adding in your preamble:


and then, according to natbib documentation when you use:

\citeauthor*{jon90} --> Jones, Baker, and Williams

\citet*{jon90} --> Jones, Baker, and Williams (1990)

\citep*{jon90} --> (Jones, Baker, and Williams, 1990)

\citealt{jon90} --> Jones, Baker, and Williams, 1990

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    Solution: In preamble: \usepackage{natbib} In rest of paper: For normal citations use \citep. For the types of citations this question refers to, use \citealt. – williamstome Apr 8 '13 at 18:42
  • @williamstome, It was hard to know what you exactly wanted, that's why please next time make sure to completely address your issue and what are you expecting as an answer :) – Mario S. E. Apr 8 '13 at 18:44
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    For others who happen on this thread, the AAAI publisher explicitly forbids natbib for submitted papers. Please be aware before using this package if you are actually using this style for a published paper. – Andrew Mao Sep 4 '13 at 9:02
  • \citealt{jon90} doesn't have a comma, \citealp{jon90} does. gking.harvard.edu/files/natnotes2.pdf – Homero Esmeraldo Oct 29 '19 at 22:30

According to the instructions provided with the AAAI author kit the use of the natbib package is disallowed. They write that if you use it...

[...] your references will be garbled and your paper will be returned to you.

As a workaround they recommend:

If you used natbib commands, an imprecise workaround is available (although it does not always work). You may put the following in your preamble (after removing \usepackage{natbib}

\newcommand{\citet}[1]{\citeauthor{#1} \shortcite{#1}}
\newcommand{\citealp}[1]{\citeauthor{#1} \citeyear{#1}}
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