I am using Biblatex. I want to cite "According to Jones, Smith and Green 2008...". Because I have two authors with the surname Green in my bibliography, I instead get: "According to Jones, Smith and H. G. Green...".

I do not want to add uniquename=false to my biblatex options, because I have other (single) authors elsewhere who need disambiguating. However, there is no ambiguity in the citations with multiple authors.

How do I define a \citeauthorwithoutinitials command? I've found several examples of custom commands, but not documentation for how to construct my own.

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    Have you tried uniquename=mininit? Or you can also set uniquename per-entry with OPTIONS={uniquename=false}.
    – PLK
    Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 10:20
  • You could also try uniquename=minfull instead of uniquename=mininit (don't use the former if you have giveninits=true set, it will fall back to the latter automatically with a warning anyway). If you need more specific MWE/MWEB would really help us to investigate further and give an answer that we know works for you.
    – moewe
    Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 11:14
  • It looks like uniquename=mininit works. It's done some interesting things to the single authors - who gets initials and who gets full names seems to have changed - but it's not important enough to try and produce a MWE at this point. I would still be interested in the documentation for custom citation commands, though.
    – Ollyver
    Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 14:02
  • AFAIK uniquename=mininit will not let anyone gave full names. If you want to allow for full names, go with uniquename=minfull. What documentation do you expect for custom citation commands?
    – moewe
    Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 15:10
  • @PLK Do you want to type up a quick answer here, please?
    – moewe
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 11:36

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uniquename=mininit or uniquename=minfull do what you need. These options only disambiguate names where the list of names in which they occur is ambiguous. This prevents the name disambiguation system in biber from disambiguating family names wherever they occur, which is not what you want.

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