1. I want to write Boehler et.al. (2003) but I 'm getting names of all authors. How can I fix maximum number of authos with
  2. How can I get 30 Sept. 4 Oct. Currenty , I ' getting 30 Sept. 4 Oct
Some text \citet{BoehlerW2003}.
\bibliography{Mybiblo}% Change this to use a different bibliography database file.


  author = {W. Boehler and  Vicent M. Bordas and  A. Marbs},
  title = {Investigating laser scanner accuracy},
  booktitle = {CIPA Symposium at Antalya, Turkey, 30 Sept. – 4 Oct},
  year = {2003},
  owner = {S.S},
  timestamp = {2013.06.02}
  • The missing dash is due to the fact that you don't enable UTF-8; use -- instead of (U+2013).
    – egreg
    Jun 2, 2013 at 12:23

2 Answers 2


you could use the natbib package (available here), set it \bibliographystyle{apalike}.

If you want to change the amount of authors' name to appear (I think the default is two), you can set so by looking into the natbib package documentation

Some extra references:

BibTeX: How can I automatically reduce long author lists to "xxx et al."?

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    I believe the number of authors can't be controlled by natbib Jun 2, 2013 at 12:25
  • @MarcoDaniel yeap, I think the same. That's why I'm directing the OP to the natbib package documentation :) . I just can't remmeber what was the command for maximum authors' names. Jun 2, 2013 at 12:27
  • I had a mistake in my first comment. I meant "can't", Sorry Jun 2, 2013 at 12:28
  • @MarcoDaniel So maybe twitching with the .bst file, as described in the provided related question? Jun 2, 2013 at 12:31
  • I don't think this is the correct answer, check mine, Natbib has a command for Foo et al.
    – juliohm
    Jun 2, 2013 at 12:35

If you want Boehler et al. (2003), use the following:

\citeauthor{BoehlerW2003}\ \citeyearpar{BoehlerW2003}

For more commands, check the LaTeX Wikibook.

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