I am using JabRef to reference papers, but i want to access author name stored corresponding to that entry.

Suppose i have the following JabRef entries

I cite it directory in texstudio using \cite{bibtexKey} which will produce ouput something like [7]

But i also want to access to also access author/editor name corresponding to that entry.

Something like following

Garbled circuit by \cite{bibtexKey}.author \cite{bibtexKey}

which automatically genertes

Garbled circuit by Thomsan et.al [7]

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    What about the \citeauthor command from natbib package?
    – Troy
    Apr 11, 2017 at 11:39
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    @Troy I am using Jabref , can i use natbib with JabRef
    – Infinity
    Apr 11, 2017 at 11:48
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    I have no prior experience with JabRef, but I believe JabRef merely manages the BibTeX database (i.e. the .bib file), whereas natbib controls the citations and references within the .tex file. I don't see a reason why you can't use them both at the same time..
    – Troy
    Apr 11, 2017 at 11:53
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    JabRef is only for managing bib files. In your Latex document you can use things like \citeauthor or \citetitle from the biblatex package Apr 12, 2017 at 8:04
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    Add a MWE then. It's hard to help when I can't reproduce your problem. It's also possible I'm misunderstanding your question. So an example would really help clarify things
    – Troy
    Apr 15, 2017 at 6:13

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[Note: Even though the problem turned out to be erroneous files in OP's folder, I believe that the original question still has some merit, and so I'll give a 'textbook' answer.]


The \cite{bibtexkey}.author-like command that you are searching for can be achieved by using the \citet{<key>} from the natbib package. Or if you just want the name, like Thomson et al., then use the \citeauthor{<key>} command from the natbib package.

All these are well documented in the natbib package documentation.

Few things to note: (motivated from comments)

  • cite should not be used with natbib
  • Use a bibliography style which actually supports author-year citations, like plainnat from the natbib package.
  • This is a good example where the very act of constructing an MWE by the OP's effort can solve the question. MWE is important! :D
  • I would recommended using biblatex instead of natbib, it also supports the citeauthor and citetitle command and offers greater support for different styles, author year style is for example the biblatex-apa package Apr 15, 2017 at 7:36

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