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I am at a technical university where there are no templates and rules for writing a dissertation, especially not regarding the bibliography style. My supervisor prefers the author-year style, as it is a case with most publications in my field. After all, being in a small field with not so many researchers and papers, the paper behind a reference in the text such as "Smith et al. (2004)" is immediately obvious to a reader without checking the list in the back matter. However, for aesthetic and other reasons like my research being close to computer science, I prefer the numerical style which my supervisor does not approve. Hence, I am looking for a compromise in between the two. Does anyone have a recommendation for a style which would be in between, and its LaTeX/BibTeX implementation? My idea was to use something like:

In their research, Smith et al. [4-6] show that...

or:

In their 2004 paper [4], Smith et al. show...

I have seen also the footnote style, as a fusion between the two styles, but having >300 references would result in too much space used for the footnote area.

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    It should be rather straightforward to implement this with biblatex/biber. See e.g. tex.stackexchange.com/a/135095/2388 – Ulrike Fischer Nov 1 '13 at 13:05
  • Thanks Ulrike, I have never used biblatex. Now it seems the time to start. – 528 Nov 2 '13 at 19:05
  • This question appears to be off-topic because it has been resolved following the comments – cmhughes Mar 2 '14 at 3:56