Is there an option with the package cite to change the display of a citation from

[John and Mary 2014]


(John and Mary 2014)


I found this pdf with some options about the package but nothing related to the parenthesis.

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    It's impossible to sensibly answer to this question, because too many details are missing. What citation system are you adding?
    – egreg
    Nov 12, 2014 at 10:37

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Yes: Provide the instructions


after loading the cite citation management package. For more information, see page 4 of the package's user guide.

I can't help but observe that there seems to be something odd about your example. The cite package is geared to numeric-style rather than authoryear-style citation call-outs. The call-out "(John and Mary 2014)" will thus not be produced if you use the cite package. Were you maybe thinking of using the natbib citation management package? If so, you should load natbib with the option round.


If you are using natbib, the option [round] sets the parentheses when you load the package. Try:


There are some other useful options too. See e.g. here.


I Just found the answer in this other pdf


Just redefine the commands for left and right closures:


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