Incorrect in-text APA citations for multiple works

APA manual section 8.18 states that "to avoid ambiguity, when the in-text citations of multiple works with three or more others shorten to the same form, write out as many names as needed to distinguish the reference, and abbreviate the rest of the names to 'et al.' in every citation."

Say you have two citations:
Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, and Echo (2010)
Alpha, Bravo, Foxtrot, Golf, and Hotel (2010)

These would become:
Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, et al. (2010)
Alpha, Bravo, Foxtrot, et al. (2010)

Rather than both being:
Alpha et al. (2010)

This also applies to when only the final author is different, in which case you write out every name.

Hoping this makes sense! Does anyone have a way of getting around this, or do we think Zotero will address it in the future?
  • The APA style in Zotero should do this automatically. Can you upload your document to Dropbox or similar and link here and I can take a look?
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