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I am writing an article in lncs style. I would like to use natbib for my bibliography because of \citet{} command which comes very handy. However, when I put \usepackage[numbers]{natbib} in my document, the reference page's style changes. I have two images of the two styles below:

  • Without natbib

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  • With natbib

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As you can see, the section title is centered. The reference numbers are changed from 1. to [1]. Also, the title is centered and it starts in a new page.

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    Since you're using numeric-style citation call-outs, I'm not sure I understand why you need the \citet command. – Mico Oct 10 '17 at 14:53
  • @Mico many times I need to cite in this way: Shi et al. [35] explored optimizing a surrogate ... Is there any way to cite the author without natbib? – Moh Oct 10 '17 at 15:02
  • Did you consider switching from abbrv to abbrvnat (instead of to plainnat)? – Mico Oct 10 '17 at 15:04
  • @Mico I just changed it to abbrvnat. The abbreviation is now in place but the style change is not :-(. – Moh Oct 10 '17 at 15:06
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This is solved by adding following statement directly after the inclusion of the natib package:

\renewcommand{\bibnumfmt}[1]{#1.}

Source: http://www.tex.ac.uk/FAQ-formbiblabel.html

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