# Citeauthor{authors} not working as stated in the documentation

I am using natbib package for my citations and whenever I try to cite just the first author I always get et. al. after like

\Citeauthor{authors} give me Author et al, xxxx instead of Author.

I would like to have Author and co-workers for this citetation.

Accordingly to the official documentation it should print just Author.

This is my preamble

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt,english,oneside]{report}
\usepackage[square]{natbib}


Thanks for helping

• The documentation doesn't state that. Since the first author didn't do the job alone, you should use et al. to appreciate the co-authors. – Johannes_B Jul 31 '14 at 13:15
• Not clearly but looking at the documentation I understand that you can actually format the citation as you like! regardless if the author did it alone or with et al – user1463152 Jul 31 '14 at 13:26

To achieve your objective of mentioning the names of all authors of a given entry, you should use the "starred" variant of the command, i.e.,

\citeauthor*


(note the asterisk), and not \citeauthor (without the asterisk).

A full working example:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}
@techreport{acemoglu-autor-etal:2014,
title        = "Return of the {Solow Paradox}? {IT}, Productivity,
and Employment in {U.S.} Manufacturing",
author       = "Daron Acemoglu and David Autor and David Dorn and
Gordon H. Hanson and Brendan Price",
institution  = "National Bureau of Economic Research",
type         = "Working Paper",
series       = "Working Paper Series",
number       = 19837,
year         = 2014,
month        = "January",
}
\end{filecontents*}
\usepackage[square,authoryear]{natbib}
\bibliographystyle{plainnat}
\begin{document}
\citeauthor*{acemoglu-autor-etal:2014}

vs.

\citeauthor{acemoglu-autor-etal:2014}
\bibliography{\jobname}
\end{document}


Sorted with opening the .bbl file and editing the \bibitem[Author et~al., xxxx] with \bibitem[Author and co--workers, xxxx].

Of course, this works only if the author is cited only once.

I am glad I can keep citing the co-workers!

G

• A better answer lies in using \citeauthor* instead of \citeauthor. Editing the bbl file by hand will make all citation callouts of this piece use the full list of authors... – Mico Oct 29 '14 at 16:16