I know that citations in articles can be linked to references automatically via package hyperref.

However, consider the case where I abbreviate a reference such as "Blah and Blah (2010)" as BB10 for the rest of the article. Is there a way to also link the abbreviation to the specific reference at the end of the article?

I know that it is possible because I've seen journal editors do it. But I don't know how.

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  • Do you happen to use (or are you able to use) the natbib citation management package? If so, it's straightforward to set up a citation alias. Please advise.
    – Mico
    Jan 19, 2019 at 2:20

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If you use the natbib citation management package, and if you employ a bibliography style which is (a) capable of producing authoryear-style citation call-outs and (b) compatible with the natbib package, it's straightforward to set up a "citation alias" for a given entry and to create alias-form call-outs via \citetalias and \citepalias. Furthermore, if the hyperref package is in use, these citation call-outs will automatically be made into hyperlinks to the corresponding entries in the formatted bibliography.

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  author = "Albert Blah and Zebulon Blah",
  title  = "Thoughts",
  year   = 2010,


\bibliographystyle{plainnat} % choose a suitable bibliography style


\citet{bb:10} (hereafter: \citetalias{bb:10}) argue that \dots
  • that the answer I was looking for. thank you.
    – Scientist
    Jan 19, 2019 at 2:43
  • @King - Just out of idle curiosity: Which bibliography style, or styles, do you employ?
    – Mico
    Jan 19, 2019 at 11:29
  • I am preparing an article for the Astrophysical Journal, which recommends using aasjournal bib. style.
    – Scientist
    Jan 19, 2019 at 19:51

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