I am using natbib and agsm for harvard style referencing. My related code is



Then I am using \citep{} for citations. My problem is that in text I am getting (Author et al., 2012) and I want (Author et al., 2012). Does anyone know how to change this and get 'et al' in italics in the text?

  • Well, yes, it could be but why do you want to put it in italics? Ask yourself, what typographical meaning would it have with italics? Should "et al." be written in italics, or not?
    – Runar
    Aug 11, 2016 at 17:43
  • @RunarTrollet Well I, for one, prefer my Latin (or any auslaendische [i.e., foreign] phrase) in italics. Aug 12, 2016 at 14:25

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This discussion is will help you change to italics. For apa-good which also uses natbib, I only had one replacement to make. Don't forget to re-Typeset the bibliography (i.e. Latex -> Bibtex -> Latex -> Latex) after your changes. how to make volume bold and et. al italic when using the apalike bibliography style

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