I am trying to use \citeauthor from the natbib package with a bibliography style that is provided by a journal. Is this possible? I looked at plainnat.bst, but I didn't see any instances of \citeauthor that I was hoping to just copy into mystyle.bst.

I saw this thread: Using \citeauthor in custom bibliography style

but don't understand the solution.

Here are some demo tex/bib files: http://daviddoria.com/Uploads/Bibtex/

When I use \bibliographystyle{ieee}, I get "author undefined" errors on the \citeauthor lines. It works fine if I use \bibliographystyle{plainnat}.

Is it possible to use \citeauthor with this IEEE style?

  • Any thoughts on this? Mar 23, 2012 at 13:22
  • It's always the best to provide a minimal working example. Jun 2, 2012 at 20:46

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The answer is no: natbib needs specially shaped bibliography styles for being able to extract the authors' names.

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