I am a little bit confused regarding the best way to attribute a research paper in my thesis. Example:
- " The work in  proposed a new method for ..."
- " John et al. proposed a new method for ..."
Also, when I have the following context:
- " our method results outperforms the results in  ... "
- " our method results outperforms the results provided by John et al. "
Sometimes, due to space limitation, I can not mention the names of the authors every time which pushes me to use the paper only (like examples 1 and 3). Also, I think it is unnecessary redundancy to mention the authors every time.
My question is, is that OK? should I mention the authors of the work every time? Are examples 1 and 3 accepted or weak?