I am preparing a draft (with twocolumn as required) in latex for submission to the International Journal of Computer Vision using the template available here.

In the "Instructions for authors" page, "References" section here, it says


Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses. Some examples:

Negotiation research spans many disciplines (Thompson 1990).
This result was later contradicted by Becker and Seligman (1996).
This effect has been widely studied (Abbott 1991; Barakat et al. 1995; Kelso and Smith 1998; Medvec et al. 1999).

Reference List

Journal article
Harris, M., Karper, E., Stacks, G., Hoffman, D., DeNiro, R., Cruz, P., et al. (2001). Writing labs and the Hollywood connection. Journal of Film Writing, 44(3), 213–245. ...

However, if I try to achieve the above using their template even with a simple example like below:



Now, apple is a tasty fruit \cite{bkey1,bkey2}.



  author  = {Author1},
  title   = {Title1},
  journal = {Journal1},
  year    = {2016},

  author  = {Author2},
  title   = {Title2},
  journal = {Journal2},
  year    = {2017},

I get this which is far from what the journal asks: result


  1. Parentheses at citations are not coming as asked by the journal.
  2. The citation gets through the end of the first column to the second column without a line-break.
  3. The references section is also far from what is asked.

1 Answer 1


The spbasic bibliography style is designed to be used with natbib. So load natbib and then use \citet for Author (year) citations and \citep for (Author, year) citations.


    Author = {Knuth, D.E.},
    Publisher = {Addison-Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts,},
    Title = {The TEXbook, volume A of Computers and typesetting},
    Year = {1984}}

    Address = {Cambridge Mass.},
    Author = {Noam Chomsky},
    Publisher = {{MIT} Press},
    Title = {Aspects of the Theory of Syntax},
    Year = {1965}}

\citet[p.4]{Knuth1984texbook} shows that.  Also found here: \citep[p.5]{Chomsky1965} 

output of code

  • 1
    Thanks a lot! I see my problem. Also, after doing this, the et al. is coming as et al without the stop-mark. Any way to solve it?
    – user62039
    Commented Nov 23, 2017 at 23:08
  • Thanks. I have solved the et al issue from here
    – user62039
    Commented Nov 23, 2017 at 23:15
  • @user62039 That seems to be by design. None of the abbreviations use .. This is hard coded in the .bst file itself. (The linked answer is indeed the way to do it, but if you're submitting to the journal, I would leave it as is.)
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Nov 23, 2017 at 23:16

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