I am writing a document where I need to cite a paper by two authors who share a surname (they are, in fact, married). Biblatex is currently introducing their initials in the citation, but astronomy convention is to just cite their surnames.

My MWE illustrates the issue. I need to maintain their initials in the bibliography, but cite them as "Strom and Strom (1994)" in the body of the text. Is there a simple way to do this?

  author =  {{Strom}, K.~A. and {Strom}, S.~E.},
  title =   {Astro Paper},
  journal =   {A\&A},
  year =    {1994},


Overleaf output of above MWE

  • Have you tried the astron.bst Astronomy BibTeX file? It might be on your system (in mine it is in /usr/local/texlive/2019/texm-dist/bibtex/bst/beebe/astron.bst). It is one of an extensive collection of BiBTeX style files gathered by Nelson Beebe. I have not tried it. – Peter Wilson Oct 30 '19 at 18:18
  • Unfortunately, not only am I writing my thesis with a Miktex back end, but I need to use the Cardiff Uni style files for the bib. I am just looking to make this one (well, 2) references also match standard astro formats. – Alex Howard Oct 30 '19 at 19:37
  • You need the option uniquename=false, see tex.stackexchange.com/q/134535/35864. – moewe Oct 31 '19 at 7:01
  • Thank you. That solved it. Clearly skimmed over it thinking it was uniquelist. – Alex Howard Oct 31 '19 at 13:28

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