I am currently writing my thesis and I am using natbib citation style. When using \citet I get exactly the citation style I want "Author (Year)", however when I am using \citep the standard result is "(Author, Year)". I know I can modify the brackets, the separator etc. but I would like the results of \citep to be "(Author (Year))", see image below. I cannot figure out how to do that. Any help would be appreciated.


P.S.: If you want me to I can draw up a MRE but I thought you might be able to answer this without one.

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    I'd probably try something like (\citet{tufano}), but I think the double parentheses look odd. (I can't really bring myself to recommend overwriting \citep with that definition...)
    – moewe
    Nov 7, 2019 at 16:52

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You should try something like this:

  • Thank you for your answer. I tried this solution but encounter another issue. When I tried to cite multiple authors, like this ´\citep{Tufano,Author2}´, the result would look like (Tufano; Author2 (Year1; Year2)). But I combined your answer with moewe's comment. And will document my solution in a separate answer incase anyone else will have the same issue.
    – FPisker
    Nov 7, 2019 at 20:03

After learning from the answers posted I settled for the following solution: \renewcommand{\citep}[1]{(\citet{#1})}.


I have also been trying to do this for the past hour, and finally found the solution from another post. You just need to use the command:


Here's a MWE:




  • Can you please add an bib file and add your resulting page in your answer for a fast proof?
    – Mensch
    Feb 27 at 14:46

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