I am relatively new to latex and just learned that there is a natbib package.

Im trying to add a citation with Text behind it: I know \cite[Text]{key} exists. But that produces: [Key, Text] in my case.

Is there a way to add text behind the citation without using the comma? I'm trying to reference the same source but with different numbers: [ITI-16], [ITI-42], while enclosed in brackets.

I think I need to adjust the settings like answered here Citation with some text inside square brackets. If thats true, please explain how I should move forward in my case.

Thanks for the help!

  • Welcome to TeX.SE. Please tell us which bibliography style you employ.
    – Mico
    Nov 17, 2020 at 22:38
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    Thank you! I think its geralpha, does that make sense?
    – T1k33y
    Nov 17, 2020 at 22:42

1 Answer 1


Since you're employing the natbib citation management package, I suggest you use


to set the desired connector. (The default is \setcitestyle{notesep={, }}.) See section 2.9 of the user guide of the natbib package for more information about the \setcitestyle macro.

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\setcitestyle{notesep={-}} % <-- new

  author = "Iti",
  title  = "Thoughts",
  year   = 2001,

\cite[16]{iti}, \cite[42]{iti}

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