In latex, how can I change citation style from square brackets (e.g. "As authors in [1] show ...") to forward slashes ("As authors in /1/ show ...")?

EDIT To answer the comments below... I don't know the name of citation style. It is just a requirement of MSc thesis formatting.

Main document (dissertation.tex) looks like that


The command used to generate pdf

latexmk -pdf -pdflatex="xelatex %O %S" dissertation

EDIT 2 Bibliography style, the style is defined here (https://github.com/AndreyAkinshin/Russian-Phd-LaTeX-Dissertation-Template/blob/master/Synopsis/utf8gost71u.bst)

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    – Aradnix
    Apr 19, 2015 at 5:25
  • Which citation style are using you? What has to do latex3 with this?
    – Aradnix
    Apr 19, 2015 at 5:26
  • Actually: one of those \input calls is deciding what citation style you are using, and we can't answer your question until you figure out what it is. Look for a command like \bibliographystyle or a call to a package by the name of biblatex. There's a good chance one of those two are responsible.
    – jon
    Apr 19, 2015 at 5:35

2 Answers 2


You can do this using the cite package:


I think it's quite self-explanatory:)


For completeness, here's a solution that's based on the natbib citation management package:


The result of a full MWE:

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  author = "Anne Author",
  title  = "Thoughts",
  journal= "Circularity Today",
  volume = 1,
  number = 2,
  pages  = "3-4",
  year   = 5001,

\bibliographystyle{plainnat} % no access to "utf8gost71u.bst"




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