I have to cite authors in a article using the IEEEtran bibliography format. I could use \usepackage[numbers]{natbib} and \bibliographystyle{plainnat} to achieve that, but that would deviate from the IEEE format.

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You can have a look at this question I did some days ago:

The natbib package provides three versions of the standard BibTeX bibliography styles compatible with author-year citations (\citet, \citeauthor, \citeyear):

  • plainnat
  • abbrvnat
  • unsrtnat

The IEEEtran package provides five different style files:

  • IEEEtran: the standard IEEEtran BibTeX style file. For use with IEEE work.
  • IEEEtranS: a version of IEEEtran that sorts the entries. Not for normal IEEE use:
  • IEEEtranSA: like IEEEtranS, but with alphanumeric citation tags like alpha.
  • IEEEtranN: like IEEEtran, but based on plainnat and is compatible with natbib.
  • IEEEtranSN: sorting version of IEEEtranN.

Although IEEEtranN and IEEEtranSN are not recommended for normal IEEE use, natbib can be loaded with the option numbers, which complies with the guidelines.

You may just install the IEEEtran package and change the style:


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