Can someone please tell me if there is a way to truncate more than 2 authors for a publication and substitute it by et al. instead? I am using BibTeX.


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If you use the package natbib it is very easy:

  \citet{jon90}         -->     Jones et al. (1990)
  \citet[chap. 2]{jon90}        -->     Jones et al. (1990, chap. 2)
  \citep{jon90}         -->     (Jones et al., 1990)
  \citep[chap. 2]{jon90}        -->     (Jones et al., 1990, chap. 2)

see the full info in this excellent quick how to:



title = "Quantifying downflow through creek sediments using temperature time series: one-dimensional solution incorporating measured surface temperature.",
journal = "Journal of Hydrology",
volume = "167",
number = "1-4",
pages = "99 - 119",
year = "1995",
note = "",
issn = "0022-1694",
doi = "DOI: 10.1016/0022-1694(94)02613-G",
author = "Stephen E. Silliman and Jose Ramirez and Raye L. McCabe"

will be cited as:

Silliman et al. (1995) 

if you use: \citet{sillimanetal1995}

if you want the full list of authors you do:

  • I am not sure I understand perfectly on how to limit the number of authors to 2 though. I will try reading the documentation again.
    – Legend
    Jul 30, 2011 at 2:43
  • you don't need to limit anything. Once you have in your bibtext more than 2 authors separated with the keyword "and" natbib will take care of things properly. I edited my code above to comply.
    – oz123
    Jul 30, 2011 at 2:50
  • Actually, I am new to the latex typesetting system. I just checked my directory and it does not seem to have a bst file although it has a bbl file and a cls file.
    – Legend
    Jul 30, 2011 at 2:51
  • if you don't have a bst file, you can download from a publisher website or just use natbib's default.
    – oz123
    Jul 30, 2011 at 2:59
  • the link i pasted here has 3 examples of bst file, go through the link and find them please. If you are new to latex, i highly recommend slowly reading through wikibooks excellent latex book
    – oz123
    Jul 30, 2011 at 3:00

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