Under biblatex, what I am doing is this


My purpose is to display something that looks like on pdf as

Suarez Serrato 2018, 2019

So that I don't have redundancies.

But it looks like this

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Why is there a weird "p."? And I want to make the hyperlink to be applied to 2019, too. No need for "2018" and "2019" to have a separate hyperlink although that's also fine.

Alternatively, if I do


then the pdf output looks like

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I want to abbreviate to

Suarez Serrato 2018, 2019

How can I do that?


Since you've set the tags natbib and bibtex, I will assume that you're interested in a natbib/bibtex-based solution. If that's the case, I suggest you employ the \citealt macro (provided by the natbib package) to achieve your formatting objective.

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@misc{s18,author = "Suarez Serrato, J.", title = "Initial Thoughts", year = 2018}
@misc{s19,author = "Suarez Serrato, J.", title = "Further Thoughts", year = 2019}

\bibliographystyle{plainnat} % or some other suitable style

  • I saved your code as tex file. Imported it to lyx. Created mybib.bib separately. I cannot replicate your result.. "I found no \bibstyle command" That's what Lyx says. Sep 14 '20 at 23:37
  • On Overleaf, it was successfully replicated. I can't figure out how to make it happen on Lyx. Sep 14 '20 at 23:39
  • @user1849133 - I'm afraid I can't help you with lyx as I've never used it. Very sorry.
    – Mico
    Sep 15 '20 at 4:31
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    @user1849133 - About migrating the code above to lyx: All I can suggest is that you post a new query to this cite and ask for help on how to migrate or port the code to lyx.
    – Mico
    Sep 15 '20 at 4:45

The optional postnote argument to biblatex cite commands like the 2019 in


is supposed to be a short note added after the citation label. Often/usually it contains a pinpoint reference to a particular page. That's why you get

Suárez Serrato 2018, p. 2019

the 2019 is interpreted as a page reference.

If you want more compact citations in biblatex, you need to switch from the authoryear to the authoryear-comp style. Just list all works in the same pair of braces to the relevant \...cite... command.


\usepackage[style=authoryear-comp, backend=biber]{biblatex}



(Knuth 1984, 1986)

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