Instead of

[1] reference 1 [2] reference 2

How can I have

[1] reference 1; reference 2


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    – adn
    Apr 17, 2015 at 17:49
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    – Joseph Wright
    Dec 28, 2015 at 23:03

1 Answer 1


Found it! If the references have key1, key2. Citing with a star combines them.

instead of \cite{key1, key2}, using \cite{key1, *key2} gives the desired result.


Note: This was achieved when using revtex 4.1, which implements a syntax similar to mcite. The same can be achieved in standard classes by loading mcite, e.g.

  • How does this solution address the stated objective of wanting a citation call-out of the form "[1] reference 1; reference 2"?
    – Mico
    Apr 18, 2015 at 2:20
  • 2
    @Mico when you put an asterisk in front of the second key, in the references at the end of the document you will have a combined bibliographic entry---which is what I wanted. Apr 18, 2015 at 10:02

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