6 comments on “Handy LaTeX commands for i.e., e.g., and et al.

  1. This works better, as I had some problems with some reviewers:
    \newcommand{\etal}{\textit{et al}. }
    \newcommand{\ie}{\textit{i}.\textit{e}., }
    \newcommand{\eg}{\textit{e}.\textit{g}. }

  2. Thanks Mahdi. Just to confirm, your change is to add spaces after the periods at the end of these three new commands? And add a comma to the end of ie., ?

  3. I think Joseph is right. Beyond that, the ending fullstop/dot must be escaped by a backslash. the whitespace after a sentence ending is larger than the whitespace between words. the .\ tells latex that here the fullstop does not end the sentence and only a shorter whitespace is coming.

    \newcommand{\etal}{\textit{et al}., }
    \newcommand{\ie}{\textit{i}.\textit{e}., }
    \newcommand{\eg}{\textit{e}.\textit{g}.\ }

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