I'm using bibtex for writing references with natbib package. I'd like to ask how to cite more authors. If I use \citet command I get something like Green et al. Is it possible to use some modification for obtaining the same in my langauge? More precisely, I would need to get instead of "Green et al." "Green a spol.", that is all.

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    Please provide a more complete example file, and a more complete description of your requirements. Are you using natbib? Do you want more authors named before the 'et al.' shows up? (If so, how many?) What is your language in this case, and do you want your language's equivalent of 'et al.' (= et alii = and others)?
    – jon
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 0:24
  • In order to automatically generate "a spol." instead of "et al.", it will be necessary to edit the bibliography style file you use. Which bibliography style -- that's the argument of the command \bibliographystyle -- do you use? Without this information, I'm afraid it's not going to be possible to give more-specific advice.
    – Mico
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 20:58
  • I'm using bibliography style jtbnew. However, I need to change this "a spol." instead of "et al." only in one record, not in all bibliography.
    – Laura
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 23:22

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I would say that no matter what language you are writing in, et al. is a generally recognized form of citing multiple authors. Despite that, if you would really like to change it to something else, the easiest way would be using a custom .bst file based on the current style, where you would simply replace the occurrences with your custom string.

I quickly looked into the abbrv.nat style file for natbib and et~al. is hardcoded there with 4 occurrences.

  • I would need to get instead of "Green et al." "Green a spol." Is it possible to rename it?
    – Laura
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 10:51
  • Yeah, that should be possible without problems by simple changing the "et al." in the style file to a spol. (or better a~spol. to avoid a break)
    – honza
    Commented Jul 31, 2012 at 10:46

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