I have seen from several sources that with apacite, entries with N authors -- where N>7 -- should have their authors listed as follows in the bibliography:

author1, author2, author3, author4, author5, author6, ... authorN

However, latex generates this:

author1, author2, author3, author4, author5, author6 et al.

Notice the difference at the end.

Is there an option to easily change this or is it a more complex operation?

Edit: The bibliography style is called apacite.

  • Please indicate the name of the bibliography style file you use. There are several style files out there that implement apa-like reference and citation formatting...
    – Mico
    Commented May 19, 2012 at 10:45
  • The style itself is called apacite. Commented May 19, 2012 at 13:51
  • @Mico I guess that, given the additional information, you can answer this one.
    – lockstep
    Commented Jun 2, 2012 at 21:35
  • @lockstep: Just got back from a business trip and managed to post a detailed answer (including an MWE) to the OP's question.
    – Mico
    Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 20:45

1 Answer 1


I am unable to reproduce the faulty behavior you describe. Are you maybe using an older (read, obsolete) version of either apacite.sty or apacite.bst? Both files were given extensive updates as recently as February 2012; be sure to update your TeX distribution to include the latest updates to these (and many other) files.

For completeness, here's an MWE (minimum working example) that shows that the current version of apacite (version 6.01) implements the citation method prescribed by the 6th edition of the APA manual correctly; note that the book has 15 [!] authors but that only the first six and the very last one are listed in the references; the citation itself, of course, does the usual "FirstAuthor et al" thing.

  author      = "Kenneth R. French and Martin N. Baily and John Y. Campbell and
                John H. Cochrane and Douglas W. Diamond and Darrell Duffie and
                Anil K. Kashyap and Frederic S. Mishkin and Raghuram G. Rajan
                and David S. Scharfstein and Robert J. Shiller and Hyun Song
                Shin and Matthew J. Slaughter and Jeremy C. Stein and Ren{\'e}
                M. Stulz",
  title       = "{The Squam Lake Report: Fixing the Financial System}",
  publisher   = "Princeton University Press",
  address     = "Princeton NJ and London",
  year        = 2010,
As argued by \citet{squamlake:2010}, \ldots

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