If I render this minimalistic setup:


% Sophisticated citation.
% Check out: http://merkel.zoneo.net/Latex/natbib.php





With this references.bib:

@proceedings {zhuang2006,
    author = {Li Zhuang and Feng Jing and Xiao-Yan Zhu},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of the ACM 15th Conference on Information and Knowledge Management},
    title = {Movie review mining and summarization},
    publisher = {ACM},
    month = {nov},
    year = {2006},
    pages = {43-50},

Then I get this output:

(zhu, 2006)

But I want it to be more like this one, which apparently only applies for article entries rather than proceedings entries in the references.bib:

(Zhuang et al., 2006)

How can I do that?

  • Incidentally, there's a minor mistake in the booktitle field: it should be "...15th International Conference...", not just "...15th Conference...". – Mico Feb 26 '18 at 17:54

You should not blame natbib. natbib is a citation management package. As such, its work is quite unrelated to the way bibliographic entries get formatted.

The real problem lies in the fact that you're using an inappropriate entry type, viz., @proceedings. The remedy lies in changing @proceedings to @inproceedings. Then, rerun BibTeX, followed by two more LaTeX runs.

An MWE (minimum working example):

  author    = "Li Zhuang and Feng Jing and Xiao-Yan Zhu",
  booktitle = "Proceedings of the ACM 15th International Conference
               on Information and Knowledge Management",
  title     = "Movie review mining and summarization",
  publisher = "ACM",
  month     = nov,
  year      = 2006,
  pages     = "43-50",


  • 1
    And also make the names in the .bib entry Last name, First name (Not strictly necessary, but good practice to get into for the OP.) – Alan Munn Feb 26 '18 at 16:53
  • Thank you! I had the @proceedings from some wiki page I found on Google but I guess that one is not accurate for latex's bibtex parser. Also thanks for the suggestion, @Alan Munn . – Matmarbon Feb 26 '18 at 17:01
  • @AlanMunn -- Good suggestion to the OP, about being extra careful about what's the given (or "first") name component and what's the surname component of an author's "full" name. – Mico Feb 26 '18 at 17:08

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