Is there any way for natbib to recognise I want to cite my references as

Name [ 1 ]

? At present I get an error which reads "bibliography style not compatible with author year citations".


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  • When you say nature.sty bib style do you refer to nature.bst as found on ibiblio.org/pub/academic/biology/ecology+evolution/tex/…? This style does not appear to be compatible with natbib. Would it be possible to use a different style? – moewe Oct 16 '19 at 15:24
  • That's the one, how would I incorporate it? – H98 Oct 16 '19 at 15:25
  • Is there any reason why you absolutely want to stick to this (as far as I can tell) unofficial and outdated .bst file? It is possible to make existing .bst files "natbib-ready", but it can be painful, tex.stackexchange.com/q/439309/35864 has an example (I'll check the linked post if there is one with a better explanation). If you are not married to the idea of having to use nature.bst I'd recommend you just take a different style like unsrtnat. – moewe Oct 16 '19 at 15:30
  • Another example is tex.stackexchange.com/q/82569/35864. tex.stackexchange.com/q/459161/35864 has some background you may or may not find illuminating. – moewe Oct 16 '19 at 15:31
  • I have to write a dissertation and that's the template they gave me. I might just have to use makebst – H98 Oct 16 '19 at 15:32

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