I kinda have the exactly the same problem as the

Citation "et al." only for four and more authors with natbib and jf.bst

except that I'm using apalike2.bst

What I did was the following: I copied the file apalike2.bst to my folder and renamed it to jf3.bst (no creativity for the name) Then, I copied the functions

FUNCTION {bbl.and}
{ "and"}

FUNCTION {space.word}
{ " " swap$ * " " * }

to the file. Last, I replaced the FUNCTION{format.lab.names} by the one in the referred link above. For one, two, four or more authors everything is working well but when i have three authors the last name of the last author and the year of the work is no appearing. For example, in the reference

title = "Swarm algorithms with chaotic jumps applied to noisy optimization problems ",
journal = "Information Sciences ",
volume = "181",
number = "20",
pages = "4494 - 4514",
year = "2011",
issn = "0020-0255",
author = "Eduardo Mendel and Renato A. Krohling and Mauro Campos"

what I am getting is (Mendel, Krohling) using \citep and Mendel (Krohling) using \citet and what I'd like would be (Mendel, Krohling & Campos, 2008) or Mendel, Krohling & Campos (2008)depending if it is citet or citep. Oh, and I also change bbl.and to

FUNCTION {bbl.and}
{ " \& "}
  • Please tell us more about what exactly you have done. And, do tell us whether you re-ran LaTeX, then BibTeX, and then LaTeX twice more after creating the modified version of the apalike2 style.
    – Mico
    Apr 19, 2016 at 7:18
  • Thank you @Mico. I edited the question to explain in a more detailed manner. About the compiling, procedure, yes, i re-ran Latex, Bibtex and Latex.
    – Rodolfo
    Apr 19, 2016 at 13:55
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    I've looked into the code in apalike2.bst, and I am able to replicate the problem you've encountered. Unfortunately, I seem to be unable to diagnose the cause of the problem, let alone provide a fix. I would therefore like to suggest that you acquaint yourself with the makebst utility, which is part of the custom-bib package. It provides a question-and-multiple-choice format, and at the end you will have a custom-built bibliography style file.
    – Mico
    Apr 19, 2016 at 19:45
  • 1
    Yes, makebst solved my problem. If I remember correctly, the problem was something with the language....I don't remember exactly, but I was able to fix it using makebst.
    – Rodolfo
    Sep 6, 2016 at 20:20
  • 1
    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is solved by comments.
    – Mensch
    Sep 12, 2016 at 13:21


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