I need an answer about this problem and many of the accepted solution herein (StackExchange) do not work for me!

For example

  1. A comma separator for \citet and a semicolon separator for \citep simultaneously?

  2. natbib, hyperref and citation inside a float figure

The \citet command doesn't changes to add commas when there are multiple references and LaTeX keeps adding semicolons..

If I have \citet{Mark:2001a,John:2003a,Bob:2011b,Chris:2012a} -> I would like to get

Bob (2011), Chris (2012), Mark (2001) and John (2003)

Note, how LaTeX could add an and in the last reference as above - automatically?!

while if I have \citep{Mark:2001a,John:2003a,Bob:2011b,Chris:2012a} -> I would like to get

(Bob, 2011; Chris, 2012; Mark, 2001; John, 2003)

Thanks a ton for your answers!

  • 1
    You've told us what you do not want. Could you be a bit more specific as to what you do need?
    – Mico
    Jul 18, 2014 at 8:56
  • I hope now I am much clear and I look forward to your or the communities help!
    – user44967
    Jul 18, 2014 at 9:09
  • 1
    The natbib user guide states, on page 9, that "[m]ultiple citations in \citet are also not recommended (nor are they in my opinion meaningful)". Put differently, multiple citations are really only recommended for \citep. Incidentally, is there something stopping you from writing \citet{Mark:2001a}, \citet{John:2003a}, \citet{Bob:2011b} and \citet{Chris:2012a}? (Note that some -- but certainly not all -- authors would also want to insert a comma before the and conjunction. For \citep, have you tried \setcitestyle{citesep={;}}?
    – Mico
    Jul 18, 2014 at 9:44

1 Answer 1


Use \citet{Mark:2001a}, \citet{John:2003a}, \citet{Bob:2011b}, and \citet{Chris:2012a}

See for your \citep{} issue the Reference sheet for natbib usage from CTAN. http://tug.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/natbib/natnotes.pdf

=> Use the command \setcitestyle with a list of comma-separated keywords (without spaces) as argument ... . Between citations: semicolon or comma or citesep={char}

In your case: \setcitestyle{citesep={;}}

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