When I am using the natbib package with apalike bibliography style \citet* displays only an abbreviated list of authors, such as Lemarechal et al. (1995). How can I make it display a full list of authors, like Lemarechal, Nemirovskii, and Nesterov (1995), keeping the same or similar bibliography style?


Quoting from the natbib documentation, p. 7:

The starred versions [of \citet and \citep] can only list the full authors if the .bst file supports this feature; otherwise, the abbreviated list is printed.

Below is a minimal example showing that \citet* indeed displays a full author list if you use the plainnat style, but that apalike doesn't support full author lists. Maybe there's a way to embed this feature into apalike by hacking the bst-file, but I would use a different style.




  author = {A and B and C and D},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha},



% No full list of authors with \citet*
% \bibliographystyle{apalike}

% Full list of authors with \citet*



(The filecontents environment is only used to include some external files directly into the example, so that it compiles. It is not necessary for the solution.)

  • 2
    Do you know any way to hack apalike to make this work? – Ken Bloom Apr 11 '11 at 18:53
  • @Ken: Sorry, I'm not familiar with the .bst format and the BibTeX programming language. – lockstep Apr 11 '11 at 19:03
  • I know this is an old post, but did anyone manage to find a hack for this? – finstats Apr 11 '16 at 16:29

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