I use bibtex with alpha being my preferred style. I would like to be able to generate citations without square brackets. That is, \cite generates [ABC00], but I just want ABC00. Is there an easy command to generate this?

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In the default format the square brackets in cite come from

\def\@cite#1#2{[{#1\if@tempswa , #2\fi}]}

so you can use

\def\@cite#1#2{{#1\if@tempswa , #2\fi}}

but beware many classes and packages redefine the citation macros so the details may depend on the details of your document that you have not mentioned.

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