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I am using natbib for bibliography with the following configuration.

\usepackage[authoryear]{natbib}
\bibliographystyle{authordate3}
\setcitestyle{authoryear, aysep{" "}}

But, somehow during citations after authorname etal. comes together rather than et al.? Could someone provide a hack to it? Thanks!!

Edit 1: I used master's thesis template for harvard from overleaf. Here is the link.

Edit 2: Here is the link to thesis template not requiring signing to overleaf.

Edit 3: I had added the above 3 lines of natbib and the bibliographystyle is changed to authordate3 (etal. comes in italic font now).

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    Is the bib style available on the internet? – gigi Jun 23 at 14:16
  • @gigi, I used template for master's thesis for harvard from overleaf. Here is the link - overleaf.com/latex/templates/…. – Raunak Lohiya Jun 23 at 14:20
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    Can you include it in your question? I don't have overleaf account – gigi Jun 23 at 14:22
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    Are you saying that you're getting etal. instead of et al.? Please advise. – Mico Jun 23 at 15:22
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    Your write-up is somewhat confusing: In your code snippet, you indicate that you use the authordate3 bibliography style; however, in the linked template file, the apalike2 bibliography style is in use. Please clarify which bibliography style is actually in use. (Hint: if "et al" is typeset in italics, it's probably the authordate3 style.) – Mico Jun 23 at 15:23
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(too long for a comment, hence posted as an answer)

I can only surmise that you either have corrupted versions of the apalike2 and authordate3 bibliography styles on your system or have code somewhere in the document that modifies the hard-coded string "et al." to "etal.".

For sure, the following minimalist working example produces no "etal" output. On my system (MacTeX2019), both bibliography styles have hard-coded "et al." in the files.

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\RequirePackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{mybib.bib}
@misc{abc, author="A and B and C", year=3001, title="Thoughts"}
\end{filecontents}

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[authoryear]{natbib}
\bibliographystyle{apalike2}% or: {authordate3}

\begin{document}
\noindent
\citet{abc}
\bibliography{mybib}
\end{document}

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