I am writing a thesis and I would like to add "et all." to references. This problem is described here:

LaTeX doesn't recognize "et al." in the Bibliography

The problem is that when I define it in file "references.bib", e.g.:

author = {A. Smith and others},
journal = {},
number = {},
pages = {},
title = {},
url = {},
volume = {},
year = {}

The result is "Smith, A. et al.", but I would like to get: "A. Smith et al.". How can I solve it? Thanks.

This is the template, which I am using:


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    The format for printing author names depends on the BibTeX style (.bst file) in use. Can you edit in a minimal document showing the style you use?
    – Joseph Wright
    Aug 20 '14 at 8:13
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    I think it would be easier if you use the biblatex package that allows you to use et al. in some bibliographic styles, instead of using bibtex as seems to be your case. But is better if you can add a MWE.
    – Aradnix
    Aug 20 '14 at 8:25
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    @skpblack it comes from the latin et alii, actually. Aug 20 '14 at 12:34
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    @skpblack French comes from Latin, but that doesn't mean that all Latin expressions can be called "French". And this discussion has nothing to do with the OP's question ...
    – Sverre
    Aug 20 '14 at 13:34
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    There are cases (i.e. bibliography or bst styles) where you want to list all of the authors. This is why the bibtex files should contain all of the authors. As Mico says/hints at, most bst files do in fact add et al automatically if there are many authors.
    – user30471
    Aug 20 '14 at 13:55