I am trying to cite some government reports, in natbib style.

And the "Author" is the "Ministry of silly walks, jumping and related movement" or in short: MOSWJRM (which also is the official acronym).

So I would like to be able to cite them in the text like so:

"According to MOSWJRM (2016), silly walks are defined as follows:" or "Walking with your shoes on backwards is very silly (MOSWJRM, 2016)"

And have an entry in references like this:

"MOSWJRM, Ministry of silly walks, jumping and related movement: The full guide to silly walking, 2016"

My first idea was to simply set the author with some brackets as in author = {MOSWJRM, {Ministry of silly walks, jumping and related movement}},, but this gets ignored, resulting in an "MOSWJRM, M.: The full guide…" entry.

Seems like setting the whole author in double brackets, and using \defcitealias{MOSWJRM:2016}{MOSWJRM, 2016} is a way to do what I want, however, this only works for one way to cite. How do I make it aware of giving me different results when using \citetalias{} and \citepalias{}?


I am not sure if I understand your question, but is this the output you are seeking?


        author = "{MOSWJRM, {Ministry of silly walks, jumping and related movement}}",
        year = {1986},
        title = {The \TeX book},



\newcommand{\mycitet}[1]{\citetalias{#1} (\citeyear{#1})}


citep: \citep{MOSWJRM:2016}

citet: \citet{MOSWJRM:2016}

mycitet: \mycitet{MOSWJRM:2016}

mycitep: \mycitep{MOSWJRM:2016}


\bibliography{\jobname} % if you’re using BibTeX


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  • Seems like way more than should be necessary, for what I would consider a quite standard situation, but it works. Thanks! – JC_CL Aug 8 '16 at 17:36
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    @JC_CL I don't think so, as you are basically abusing the aliasing system. The design is made for situations like \defcitealias{MOSWJRM:2016}{Paper I} and not to replace something complicate, like including a year which format depends on the used style. – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Aug 8 '16 at 18:37

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