My biblatex options look like this

style=authoryear,       % author-year style in references
citestyle=authoryear-icomp, % compact author-year in cites
url=false,                   % clicable urls in ref.
uniquename=false, % turn off auto-disambiguaty
backref=true,               % auto backrefs in ref.
datezeros=true,         % dates with leading zeros
maxcitenames=1, % et al. with two or more authors
%indexing,                   % to create an index of persons
%defernumbers=true,     % numbers in any bibliography
backend=biber]              % use biber for compiling

How can I cite one time only in the text full author names and year, like

Gladwell, Malcolm, John Doe and John Smith (2005)?

    author = {Gladwell, Malcolm and Doe, John and Smith, John},
    address = {New York, NY},
    publisher = {Back Bay Books},
    title = {Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking},
    year = {2005},

All the other solutions given on LaTeX stack exchange have not helped me.

  • When you say 'one time', do you meant that you want the first citation in this format, or do you want a new command that you can use at will?
    – moewe
    Mar 9, 2017 at 8:17
  • style=authoryear, citestyle=authoryear-icomp is the same as style=authoryear-icomp. Both settings will automatically set sorting=nyt, so you don't need to do that yourself. sortcite=false is a somewhat bad idea with style=authoryear-icomp, you lose some of the compressing features.
    – moewe
    Mar 9, 2017 at 8:20
  • I meant just once in the text (somewhere I determine). Not first citation. Thank you for the option input. I activated sortcites=false, because I want the cites in the text chronological, so (Joe 2015; Smith 2016), not (Smith 2016; Joe 2015).
    – Til Hund
    Mar 9, 2017 at 8:24

1 Answer 1


You can define a new command for that \extcite


Alternatively, it is enough to just do


right before the citation you want to change. You can of course wrap this into a command:


and then use that as


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