The \citep command does not display the author and year, instead it displays a number.

This is the head file.


\usepackage{natbib} % various citation commands


This is the end, references are stored in DM.bib


Can anyone tell me what is wrong with it? I want to cite author and year, but not just a number.

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    – doncherry
    Oct 28, 2011 at 14:23

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Your code fragments are not very helpful. I create a minimal example which produced the result seen in the picture below.

Most of your loaded packages are obsolete.

Some obsolete packages are collected in the Q&A: How to keep up with packages and know which ones are obsolete?

In your case the packages: times, a4wide, fancyheadings, epsfig

If you had an old LaTeX-installation you should install TeXLive 2011.

Now the example:

 author = {Mustermann, A. and Mostermann, B. and Mistermann, C},
 year = {2011},
 title = {Using articles in {\LaTeX} documents},
 journal = {Journal}



The result is: enter image description here

  • The filecontents package is not necessary, if you put the filecontents environments before \documentclass.
    – egreg
    Oct 28, 2011 at 16:16
  • @egreg: Without the package the generate file will no be overridden. (I hope it is correct ;-) ) Oct 28, 2011 at 16:26
  • Yes, the standard filecontents doesn't overwrite existing files (which is usually what one wants, as in this case). If you use it for having the bibliography database in the main document, then use the package, but loading it normally and using the environment after \documentclass. I believe it's easier than using the non standard \RequirePackage command.
    – egreg
    Oct 28, 2011 at 16:30
  • @egreg: I changed my code. Thanks for the information. Oct 28, 2011 at 16:32
  • For a more simple MWE you could use \bibliography{biblatex-examples}
    – matth
    Nov 4, 2011 at 10:49

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