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I use the package natbib together with the bibtex style abbrvnat. I obtain citations like [Gaucher, 2010a]. If I put directly the bbl file produced by the compilation in the LaTeX file, I obtain citations like (Gaucher, 2010a). Why are the brackets replaced by parentheses ? I absolutely need brackets and I must absolutely put the bbl file in the latex file. The journal does not want a separated bibtex file.

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  • Didn't you ask the same question an hour ago, found the solution and deleted the question afterwards?
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 15:54
  • No that was a different question, about natbib too indeed. Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 15:54
  • Can you add a minimal working example so we can reproduce your issue?
    – Johannes_B
    Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 15:56
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    Do you happen to load the natbib package with the option square? What happens if you load the package with the option round?
    – Mico
    Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 16:06
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    @Mico \usepackage[authoryear,square]{natbib} is the solution. I did not know the option 'square'. It's the first time I use this bibtex style. Thank you. Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 16:11

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I absolutely need brackets and I must absolutely put the bbl file in the latex file.

In that case, be sure to provide the option square when loading natbib:

\usepackage[authoryear,square]{natbib}

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