I want to cite multiple authors, but only name two of them in the document, because the others are not relevant in this context.

So how can I do this?

I basically just want to add "et al." at the end of the bibliography entry.

However, if I follow the best practices for biblatex and do this:

    author = {Jan Friebertshäuser, {@U+039b} et~al.}, % EDIT: don't copy this, the comma is used wrong here!
    title = {Documentation does not state how to run the dns/http analysis},
    subtitle = {{Issue {$\sharp$}45}},
    titleaddon = {Exodus-Privacy},
    organization = {GitHub},
    date = {2020-08-26},
    urldate = {2020-08-26},
    language = {english},
    url = {https://github.com/Exodus-Privacy/exodus/issues/45},

It does get mixed up though and I end up with this: @U+039b et al. Jan Friebertshäuser

I know I could make it a "company name" and prevent BibLaTeX from interfering with it all, by placing them in {} brackets, but this is not how it should properly be done, I guess? Especially, as I just want to add that there are more authors – all other things BibLaTeX can freely change, like the order of the authors or what it does etc.

  • What does "I want to ... name two of [the authors] in the document, because the others are not relevant" mean?
    – Mico
    Aug 26, 2020 at 17:08
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    Ahhh maybe others is the solution here. Thanks I'll try that out.
    – rugk
    Aug 26, 2020 at 17:30
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    In the author field, commas and and are definitely not substitutes.
    – Mico
    Aug 26, 2020 at 17:31
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    Whatever else you do, please do replace {$\sharp$}45 with \#45.
    – Mico
    Aug 26, 2020 at 17:33
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    @Mico Okay indeed others is the exact and much more intelligent solution I was searching for, but did not imagine. Also thanks for the other tips. Do you want to submit this as a reply/answer here, so I can resolve this question and give you the upvotes?
    – rugk
    Aug 26, 2020 at 17:43

1 Answer 1


In the author field of a bibliographic entry, the keyword and must be used to separate individual authors. The author field knows of another keyword as well: others, which serves to trigger the routine that outputs "et al" in the citation callouts (if it hasn't already been triggered).

Hence, I believe that you should write the field as

author = {Jan Friebertshäuser and {@U+039b} and others},

The curly braces around @U+039b are probably not strictly necessary. However, they might guard against the + character being somehow misinterpreted.

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