I appreciate it if you let me know which package and bibliography style should be used to have the bibliography with the following properties:

1- citation in the text should be like this: (Doe et al., 2000)

2- alphabetical sort of the references based on the last name of the first author

3- having this pattern for references with more than one author without abbreviating the first names:

LastName_1, FirstName_1, FirstName_2 LastName_2, and FirstName_3 LastName_3

such as:

Doe, John, David Dane, and Marry Dewy (2000). "This and that". In: Journal of Deep Understanding of Things.

  • biblatex's authoryear style might also be of interest to you (see this example document; also have a look at the biblatex documentation). biblatex is very versatile and easy-to-costomise, but also slightly hard to get one's head round at first. See also biblatex for idiots and What to do to switch to biblatex?.
    – moewe
    Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 18:07
  • It seems to me the authoryear style does quite exactly what you want save for the full list of names in the bibliography which can be achieved by maxbibnames=999.
    – moewe
    Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 18:22

1 Answer 1


I think that the authordate1 style would suit your needs best. Also, make sure to use \usepackage{natbib} as this allows for (Author et al., 2000) type of citations in the text.

By the way, I find the following website very useful when looking for a bibliography style myself http://nodonn.tipido.net/bibstyle.php It lets you filter and find the bibliography styles depending on your needs.

  • I tried authordate1. The problem with it is that an ampersand is used in stead of "and". Moreover, the format of the names for the second and third authors are like this: LastName, FirstName Any other recommendation?
    – Masood
    Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 16:01
  • You're right, sorry. It seems that you will have to generate your style yourself, as none comes to mind which would suit all your requirements exactly. However, you can use the following Bst generator to build one if needed http://www.podoblaz.net/cml/?id=39. I hope this helps as a first step and someone else will know more than me :)
    – zaphod
    Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 16:22

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