I'd like biblatex to cite like this:

  1. One author papers: "Wood 2007"
  2. Two author papers: "Wood & Newborough 2007"
  3. Three or more authors: "Wood et al. 2007"

I can't figure out how to get citation styles like "Wood & Newborough 2007" for two author papers. I'm using the authoryear style. (edit: please note that I don't want "Wood; Newborough 2007" but instead I want "Wood & Newborough 2007" or "Wood and Newborough 2007")

Setting maxcitenames=1 satisfies my requirements 1 and 3 but not my requirement 2 because maxcitenames=1 causes two-author papers to be cited like "Wood et al. 2007" and I want both authors to appear in the citation.

Setting maxcitenames=2 cites two-author papers as, for example, "Wood; Newborough 2007" which is almost what I want. But I don't like the semicolon! If I could replace the ";" with an " &" for two author papers then I'd be happy!

(By the way, just in case this affects the solution: I like having uniquelist=false so that biblatex disambiguates citations of different papers by the same first author in the same year by adding a letter after the date like "Wood 2007a", "Wood 2007b")

2 Answers 2


Biblatex can easily be configured to work like you want. \renewcommand*{\finalnamedelim}{~\&~} should do the trick. You should add maxcitenames=2 to your biblatex options.

  • awesome, thank you - that works for me :)
    – Jack Kelly
    Feb 26, 2016 at 16:00

Use as options : maxcitename=2, mincitenames=1.

This way, any list of more than 2 authors will be truncated to 1 author.

If you want to have the same feature also for references, use maxnames=2, minnames=1 instead.

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    Thanks for the very quick reply! Unfortunately setting maxcitename=2, mincitenames=1 appears to behave exactly the same as setting just maxcitename=2. i.e. two-author papers are cited as "Wood; Newborough 2007" but I want "Wood & Newborough 2007" (i.e. I want the ";" replaced with an "&")
    – Jack Kelly
    Feb 26, 2016 at 15:47

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