# Show sometimes only first author [closed]

assume there is a paper written by Foo and Bar.

When there is a citation, I want to show sometimes(!) only the first author (Foo) and the rest of the time all authors (foo/Bar). The reason is that I have table and the first column is for the paper citations. However, the column has fixed width, therefore sometimes i get an ugly result if there are more than two authors, see:

I am using `scrbook`.

• Would you mind telling us what package (and style) you use for citing (`natbib`, `biblatex`, ...)? A MWE would be very helpful indeed. Apart from that, it is really not a good idea to use one citation and at times another - it will confuse the reader. – moewe Sep 28 '13 at 13:13
• its true; it will be confusing. Do you have any suggestion how I can resolve this otherwise? I use bibliography=totoc and scrbook (is this what you were asking for? -- sorry I am a Latex newbie.) – ive Sep 30 '13 at 8:14
• That information does, unfortunately, not suffice to help you properly. Prepare a short MWE, so we can see what code you use. How do I make LaTeX push long citations to a new line? and the linked questions might help you, too. – moewe Sep 30 '13 at 8:21
• You could also make the first column wider. – moewe Sep 30 '13 at 8:38
• That wouldn't be feasible since the text in the second column would be squeezed too much. Now I just replaced the \cite{...} with text and used \newline together with p{3cm}, so the Zitation is not clickable anymore but it fits; and it is cited somewhere also, so the bibliography is build correctly. – ive Oct 1 '13 at 6:11