I am using the classicthesis LyX template (http://code.google.com/p/classicthesis/), and was wondering how to change the format of the references in the bibliography? At the moment, the bibliography uses the plainnat style.

I want to use "et al." when there are more than 3 authors in a reference.

For example, at the moment, a reference may look like:

[7] H R Dinse, K Krüger, A C Akhavan, F Spengler, G Schöner, and C E Schreiner....

I want this to look like:

[7] H R Dinse, K Krüger, A C Akhavan, et al. ...

Please can you help me make this change?

Many thanks.

closed as unclear what you're asking by Johannes_B, Troy, TeXnician, Stefan Pinnow, CarLaTeX May 28 '17 at 12:14

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  • This looks like the APA style; am I correct? (And welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format.) – Sean Allred Sep 25 '13 at 14:11
  • It uses "classicthesis.sty". The citation style is Natbib, though I don't think that is relevant? Thanks for the warm welcome! – Graham Sep 25 '13 at 14:45
  • I meant APA/MLA/Chicago… – Sean Allred Sep 25 '13 at 23:03
  • Ohh no it's using plainnat. Whenever I try change BibTeX Generated Bibliography > style to something other than plainnat, it throws errors. I tried commenting out the the following lines in classicthesis-config.tex to no avail: \PassOptionsToPackage{square,numbers}{natbib} \usepackage{natbib} I'd prefer to use something like IEEEtr, but don't know how to because of errors. – Graham Sep 26 '13 at 6:44
  • I vote to close the question as unclear. The question/comments talk about errors using different bibliographystyles, but nobody knows what the errors are. Also, the classicthesis template was updated to use biblatex by now. – Johannes_B May 28 '17 at 10:54

In the file, classicthesis-config.tex, change the following:

Instead of:


set it to:

  • This does not answer this almost four year old question. It might answer how to do it with a recent version of the template, but still, it should be maxbibnames=3 looking at what the OP wanted. – Johannes_B May 28 '17 at 10:55

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