# Biblatex either uses 1 author or all 12 of them.

Due to space constraints, I need to use exactly 2 or 3 authors on my bibliography. However, setting any of minnames, maxnames, mincitenames, maxcitenames, maxbibnames doesn't work. It's either 1 author or all 12. Is there any way to fix this?

MWE 1:

\documentclass[12pt]{article}   % Prepare document

% Set up bib
\usepackage[backend=biber,style=phys,articletitle=false,biblabel=brackets,%
chaptertitle=false,pageranges=false,mincitenames=1,maxcitenames=3,maxbibnames=3,uniquelist=false,uniquename=false]{biblatex}

\begin{document}
Whatever \cite{Katmis2016}
\printbibliography
\end{document}


Result:

MWE 2:

\documentclass[12pt]{article}   % Prepare document

% Set up bib
\usepackage[backend=biber,style=phys,articletitle=false,biblabel=brackets,%
chaptertitle=false,pageranges=false,maxcitenames=3,uniquelist=false,uniquename=false]{biblatex}

\begin{document}
Whatever \cite{Katmis2016}
\printbibliography
\end{document}


Result:

test.bib

@article{Katmis2016,
author = {Katmis, Ferhat and Lauter, Valeria and Nogueira, Flavio S. and Assaf, Badih A. and Jamer, Michelle E. and Wei, Peng and Satpati, Biswarup and Freeland, John W. and Eremin, Ilya and Heiman, Don and Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo and Moodera, Jagadeesh S.},
doi = {10.1038/nature17635},
journal = {Nature},
month = {may},
number = {7604},
pages = {513--516},
title = {{A high-temperature ferromagnetic topological insulating phase by proximity coupling}},
volume = {533},
year = {2016}
}

• Try maxbibnames=3,minbibnames=2 (maxcitenames and mincitenames are only for citations in text). Note: a paper with only one author can't "use exactly 2 or 3 authors"... – Paul Gaborit Oct 19 '16 at 6:37
• Or of course only maxnames=3, minnames=2 to influence both citations and the bibliography at the same time. Alternatively you can also set maxnames=3, minnames=3. – moewe Oct 19 '16 at 6:47
• All of the papers in my .bib have 3 authors as a minimum. I've tried quite a few combinations of the options (and on their own as suggested), but it's still citing either 1 or 12. Thanks though – Ash Oct 19 '16 at 19:37
• @Paul Gaborit your suggestion worked on my laptop, it still won't work on my desktop for some reason but I'll try to figure that out later, thanks! Could you turn your comment into an answer? – Ash Oct 19 '16 at 19:45

In bibliographies, if the number of authors is less than or equal to maxbibnames, the names of all authors appear. Otherwise, minbibnames authors appear followed by "et al."
(constraint: minbibnamesmaxbibnames).
In citations, if the number of authors is less than or equal to maxcitenames, the names of all authors appear. Otherwise, mincitenames authors appear followed by "et al.".
(constraint: mincitenamesmaxcitenames).
To define the same thresholds in citations and bibliographies, use maxnames and minnames.
So, to use "exactly 1, 2 or 3 authors in your bibliography", you may use maxbibnames=3,minbibnames=3.