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


Thanks for helping

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    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 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.,


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

A full working example:

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  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",



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!


  • 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

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