I have been struggling to have something like this:

1) In the text:

'It has been shown (Arnold et al., 2011) that space technology is expected to...'

2) In bibliography:

Arnold, J. P., S. J. Peter (2011), The growth of space instrumentation. Journal of Adv. Tech., 63,5565-5578.

How can I have it as above with a hyperlink on "Arnold et al., 2011" without necessarily having it as

[1] Arnold, J. P....

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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    Are you using BibTeX, BibLaTeX or a manual bibliography? Which style are you using so far? This should be easy with the right style and hyperref. Feb 17, 2011 at 13:34
  • @Brett: Welcome to tex.sx! Note that it is unusual around here to sign your questions (as there is already a box with your username below it) or to have any greeting. A suggestion: Change your username to something more telling than "user3661". Feb 17, 2011 at 13:42

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I suggest to use biblatex. Below you'll find a compilable minimal example with hyperlinks and some basic formatting (autor-year-style, use of "et al." in citations).



% Remove "In: " before journaltitle for @article



  author = {Arnold, J. P. and Peter, S. J.},
  year = {2011},
  title = {The growth of space instrumentation},
  journaltitle = {Journal of Adv. Tech.},
  volume = {63},
  pages = {5565--5578},



It has been shown \autocite{Arn11} that space technology is expected to~\dots



(The filecontents environment is only used to include some external files directly into the example, so that it compiles. It is not necessary for the solution.)

  • @ Lockstep....I appreciate it.
    – BrettHarry
    Feb 19, 2011 at 16:18
  • @ Lockstep....I appreciate it. @ Martin I use TexShop/BibDesk...with natbib as ref style on Mac Leopard 10.5. I wish I can do this without necessarily going back to install Biblatex again, as this is the only bit that remains to do for my thesis.
    – BrettHarry
    Feb 19, 2011 at 16:48

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