I'm using natbib referencing, in agsm style. I have had no problem so far with it suppressing articles with 3 or more authors to et al. However for some papers it prints all the author names for my in text citations, like this (Bell, 2004; Bell, McGrath, Biggerstaff, Bates, Bennett, Marlow and Shaffer, 2015). I would prefer that it read Bell et al 2015 but I'm unsure how to force it to do this when none of my other references are any different but come out fine.


You should check first if you're loading the natbib package with the option longnamesfirst. If so, be sure to delete this option.

Since the agsm bibliography style is part of the harvard citation management package, you should load the package har2nat if you want to use the agsm bibliography style along with the natbib citation management package. With har2nat loaded, the behavior of the natbib-based citation commands -- including the truncation of lists of three or more authors to "FirstAuthor et al" -- should work without problems.

The result of an MWE that loads the har2nat package:

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  author = "Bell",
  title  = "Thoughts",
  year  = 2004,
  author = "Bell and McGrath and Biggerstaff and Bates and Bennett and Marlow and Shaffer",
  title  = "Further Thoughts",
  year  = 2015,

\usepackage{geometry} % optional
\usepackage{har2nat} % natbib is loaded automatically by har2nat


I think I had the same problem, so I used the bibliography style file "model5-names.bst" from Elsevier article style. The full zip exists here: http://mirrors.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/els-cas-templates.zip Once the zip file is extracted. Copy "model5-names.bst" to your latex file directory and add: \bibliographystyle{model5-names.bst} to your latex file. Hope this helps


As a workaround, you can modify your bib file. Use something like

authors_full = {{your} and {full} and {author} and {list}}

for the original author list and

author = {first \textit[et al.}}

for the short list.

  • Is this suggestion compatible with the agsm bibliography style and the natbib citation management package? – Mico Aug 30 '15 at 9:36

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