[OS X TeX] natbib: round parentheses vs. square brackets

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Feb 17 10:52:23 EST 2007

On Feb 16, 2007, at 6:30 PM, Joshua Smith wrote:

> Hello all,
> With this new version of natbib that has been released, I have been  
> reminded to ask the following question.  When I run the following  
> driver file with the accompanying BibTeX file, the year gets  
> typeset in square brackets instead of in round parentheses, which  
> is supposed to be the default (p. 19 of the v8.0 documentation).   
> However, if I take the contents of the .bbl file and put it  
> directly into the tex file, the year is typeset in round  
> parentheses.  Do others experience this?  I realize that I can  
> force round parentheses with the round option, but is this a bug?
> Thanks,
> Josh


I think the explanation can be found starting near the bottom of page  
12 and on page 13 of the documentation. That, plus the fact that the  
default style for abbrvnat is set to the same as plainnat.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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