I am publishing a paper for a convention that asked me to remove the citation commas before & in my quotes. I'm using this conference template and have not customizes anything in the project for citation. It looks like the template is using the apacite citation management package along with myapacite.bst to format citation call-outs and the bibliographic entries themselves.

Whenever I cite like this:

  title={Extremely randomized trees},
  author={Geurts Pierre and Ernst Damien and Wehenkel Louis},
  journal={Machine learning},


I get an output such as

(Pierre, Damien, & Louis, 2006)

I am new to latex and am stuck on trying to remove the comma before & and make it look like this:

(Pierre, Damien & Louis, 2006)

Any help is appreciated.

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    Could you show the contents of the .bib file for this specific entry (geurts2006extremely)? It is rather strange that a conference provides you with a template and then not accept the output of that template - but maybe the bibliography entry is formatted incorrectly which causes the extra comma.
    – Marijn
    Aug 27, 2022 at 19:38
  • hi @Marijn, just added the bib entry for the reference. Yeah, If I cannot figure out a solution i will contact them asking for help Aug 27, 2022 at 19:46
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    I tried the template from your link myself (unchanged) and there the comma is also present, so asking the conference organizers seems the right thing to do. The new output (Geurts, Ernst, & Wehenkel) is correct though (and the previous one incorrect), as these are the family names of the authors. Google Scholar BibTeX items are automatically generated and they are not always fully correct, it is always good to check manually if the result is as expected.
    – Marijn
    Aug 27, 2022 at 20:20
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    Repeat after me: "Just because some bibliographic entry may be found in Google Scholar provides no guarantee whatsoever that the bibliographic information is correct."
    – Mico
    Aug 27, 2022 at 20:26
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    thanks for the advice @Mico Aug 29, 2022 at 14:23

1 Answer 1


The document class you employ loads the apacite package. I suggest you run

\AtBeginDocument{\renewcommand{\BCBT}{} \renewcommand{\BCBL}{}}

in the preamble to achieve your formatting objective. See p. 34 of the user guide of the apacite package for further explanations.

And, you should -- actually, must -- change the author line to

  author={Geurts, Pierre and Ernst, Damien and Wehenkel, Louis},

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