I want to cite a pair of articles using in-text citations and they share some of the authors between them.

Does there exist any acceptable way to do this by joining them in a single sentence?

A MWE would have the following articles:

[1] Tom, Dick, and Harry. (2021). Generic Article Name. Journal 1.

[2] Tom and Harry. (2022). Another Generic Article. Journal 2.

And if the authors did not overlap, I would write something like:

"As the results of Tom, Dick, and Harry [1], which are corroborated by the study by Tom and Harry [2], show..."

Ideally, I would like to shorten this to something more like:

"As the results of Tom and Harry [2], as well as their prior work with Dick [1], show..."

Is it acceptable to abbreviate citations like this or some other way? Or should I go with the longer version?

  • Since you're using numerical citations, do you really want/need to write the authors' names too? Commented Oct 21, 2022 at 2:00
  • Not really, but that's how I have been doing it. Do you suggest dropping either? I feel like they make the text clearer than if I just used the number, but that's just my opinion.
    – Chaotic
    Commented Oct 21, 2022 at 2:34
  • It depends on where you want to publish. This is a question of style. Generally such questions have as part of the answer "check the local style." Find out what they want in the place you hope to publish, whether a journal or an academic committee or whatever.
    – BillOnne
    Commented Oct 21, 2022 at 16:26

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I don't see anything wrong with either of your two examples, whether the names are overlapping or not. I say this with the caveat that every field and journal has its own particular style and conventions. My experience is primarily in linguistics, which seems to have a bit more intra-discipline variation and flexibility than some other fields.

If you think it sounds awkward, you could simply rewrite the sentence to avoid the names, e.g. something like:

"As shown in prior work [1,2]"

  • Thank you! I was unsure of how to write it, but it's reassuring that you don't find my examples too outlandish. I like your example too, since it's very concise, I may use it as well.
    – Chaotic
    Commented Oct 21, 2022 at 19:53

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