I'm writing a paper for a Springer journal.

So I downloaded the LaTeX template.


The problem is that multiple citations (e.g. \cite{A,B,C}) protrude into the right margin, i.e., no line break is added automatically.

In previous work [A, 2011, B, 2010, C, 2009]
, suggests

But I want to write it like this.

In previous work [A, 2011, B, 2010,
C, 2009], suggests

I use spbasic and apalike, but the problem is not fixed.


Is there any good bibliography style for writing a Springer journal paper?

Or how can I solve this problem?

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    – lockstep
    Feb 14 '13 at 12:08
  • Thanks to edting the question and leaving a comment. There is a rule to ask question in TeX.sx. I don't know it. I should do it later. Thanks again!
    – NoSyu
    Feb 14 '13 at 14:11

This is the journal's problem, not yours - the manuscript you send in for refereeing is in effect a draft, and it is the journal that will turn this into the proofs that are published. The editors usually like it if you use the official style files - I doubt any benefit from a more attractive review manuscript will outweigh the slight lack of professionalism that comes with sending a manuscript that does not use the correct style files. I recommend you do not worry about the citation protrusion.

Incidentally, you should not treat the part of citations within brackets as nouns: the excerpt you have should better be Previous work [A, 2011, B, 2010, C, 2009] suggests... or Previous work suggests ... [A, 2011, B, 2010, C, 2009], with the citation at the end of the sentence.

  • Thanks to answering my question and suggesting good way to write the paper. In fact, it is first time to write and submit the paper to Springer journal. So I don't know about the process in more detail. Thanks again!
    – NoSyu
    Feb 14 '13 at 14:14

First, use only one bibliography style in your document. Here, I would suggest spbasic, as you would like to publish at Springer.

The spbasic style uses author-year citations, and formats bibitems accordingly. Therefore, you should use the natbib option of the svjour3 document class. This holds also for the apalike style.



Some leading text to push the citations~\cite{StGu92,GhJaEn20,MeGa05,Ma00,MuBeBoRo99,BaNi94,Ca04}.

% \bibliographystyle{apalike}

Without the natbib option: without natbib option

With the natbib option: with natbib option

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    Thanks, works for me (Corneli, 2015)! Migrating from APA cite, I made use of these command aliases: \let\oldcite\cite \let\cite\citep \let\citeA\oldcite \let\citeNP\oldcite \let\citeyear\citeyearpar ... That allows me to compile the old document without changing the body. Aug 26 '15 at 11:21

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