Text \citep{Eliasson1991, Bravi2017}

my bibliography.bib:

author = {Eliasson, Ann-Christin and Gordon, Andrew M and Forssberg, Hans},
doi = {10.1111/j.1469-8749.1991.tb14943.x},
isbn = {0012-1622 (Print)},
issn = {14698749},
journal = {Developmental Medicine {\&} Child Neurology},
keywords = {Cerebral Cortex,Cerebral Cortex: physiopathology,Cerebral Palsy,Cerebral Palsy: diagnosis,Cerebral Palsy: physiopathology,Child,Hemiplegia,Hemiplegia: diagnosis,Hemiplegia: physiopathology,Humans,Isometric Contraction,Isometric Contraction: physiology,Motor Neurons,Motor Neurons: physiology,Motor Skills,Motor Skills: physiology,Neurologic Examination,Neurologic Examination: instrumentation,Psychomotor Performance,Pyramidal Tracts,Pyramidal Tracts: physiopathology},
month = {nov},
number = {8},
pages = {661--670},
pmid = {1916022},
title = {{Basic Coordination of Manipulative Forces of Children With Cerebral Palsy}},
url = {http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/j.1469-8749.1991.tb14943.x},
volume = {33},
year = {1991}

author = {Bravi, Riccardo and Cohen, Erez J. and Martinelli, Alessio and Gottard, Anna and Minciacchi, Diego},
doi = {10.3389/fnint.2017.00021},
issn = {1662-5145},
journal = {Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience},
keywords = {augmented feedback,human motor control,laterality of motor control,sensorimotor integration,timing of action},
month = {sep},
pages = {21},
publisher = {Frontiers},
title = {{When Non-Dominant Is Better than Dominant: Kinesiotape Modulates Asymmetries in Timed Performance during a Synchronization-Continuation Task}},
url = {http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnint.2017.00021/full},
volume = {11},
year = {2017}

I have two problems with this:

(1) The citation names appear more than 1, I need only one and followed by et.al (first picture)

(2) The citation names for Eliasson for example include the first name (A.C) but another citation do not - see other citation. I dont know why this happens? I only need the last name like the others. see example

(3) I do not like the reference style (second picture). how can i change to nature style: (Author. Journal title. Journal 21, 557–62 (2011).)


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    Could you post something we can compile? We don't have the input file. B.t.w., inputting a bibliography with biblatex is done through the command \addbibresource{xxxx.bib}. – Bernard Aug 13 '18 at 11:22
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    Please consider asking only one question per question: tex.meta.stackexchange.com/q/7425/35864. (1) looks like it could be solved with uniquelist=false tex.stackexchange.com/q/69028/35864, (2) looks like uniquename=false tex.stackexchange.com/q/134535/35864. For (3) you might want to have a look at ctan.org/pkg/biblatex-nature – moewe Aug 13 '18 at 11:39
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    I must add that I find Author-Year citations together with a numeric bibliography pointless. The numbers in the bibliography don't mean anything if you don't use them to cite the references. – moewe Aug 13 '18 at 11:40
  • @bernard I have added the input file. I am not sure about the addbibresource as this works fine and addbibresource gives error – Sharah Aug 13 '18 at 11:41
  • @moewe thanks for the links, helps half of it. However I cannot use the nature style you've given, when I change style = nature instead of authoryear, it gives me error. about the authoryear and numeric, i agree, however, i need to put the numbers as they need to know how many references I have used throughout – Sharah Aug 13 '18 at 11:58

If you want Nature style, you need biblatex-nature


\usepackage[style=nature, backend=biber]{biblatex}



a citation and bibliographic reference in Nature style: "Sigfridsson, E. & Ryde, U. Comparison of methods for deriving atomic charges from the electrostatic potential and moments. Journal of Computational Chemistry **19**, 377–395 (1998)."

This also works brilliantly on Overleaf: https://www.overleaf.com/read/btqwrxdsgdps

If you insist on Author-Year citations and natbib commands, you need

\usepackage[style=nature, citestyle=authoryear, backend=biber, natbib=true]{biblatex}

That still works fine on Overleaf: https://www.overleaf.com/read/jvqbxkzcnqdc

  • I see, i think this probably won't work with natbib command citep and citet. I need the citation to be author year but the referencing to nature style, i guess not possibe – Sharah Aug 13 '18 at 12:12
  • @Sharah This also works with the natbib-like commands if you must, just add natbib=true. If you insist on Author-Year citations, which are pointless with Nature style, \usepackage[style=nature, citestyle=authoryear, backend=biber, natbib=true]{biblatex} works fine for me. – moewe Aug 13 '18 at 12:14
  • ohhhhh yess i forgot about that. I think I know referencing more clearer now, it has always been hazy for me on how it works. Thanks so much! Hopefully my phd thesis will turn out well. – Sharah Aug 13 '18 at 12:22

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