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I am exploring apacite for APA style citations and bibliographies in my documents.

I have gotten apacite to read a .bib without issue, but when I inspect the references list for accuracy, I noticed that apacite inserts the month of the publication into the full citation which isn't APA style for a journal article. An example follows:

Fulton, A. S., Gorsuch, R. L., & Maynard, E. A. (1999, March). Religious orientation, antihomosexual sentiment, and fundamentalism among christians. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 38(1), 14–35.

The .bib entry for this particular example is as follows:

@article{fulton_religious_1999,
    title = {Religious orientation, antihomosexual sentiment, and fundamentalism among Christians},
    volume = {38},
    issn = {0021-8294},
    doi = {10.2307/1387580},
    number = {1},
    journal = {Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion},
    author = {Fulton, Aubyn S. and Gorsuch, Richard L. and Maynard, Elizabeth A.},
    month = mar,
    year = {1999},
    keywords = {Homosexuality {(Attitudes} Toward), Religious Beliefs, Religious Fundamentalism, religious orientation \& Fundamentalism \& antihomosexual sentiment, 18–24 yr olds},
    pages = {14--35},
}

I would really like the ability to suppress components of entries to fit my needs. I do know that I could alter the .bib file but I fear losing information that could prove valuable later.

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You could try using the apalike style instead:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{natbib}
\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{tbib.bib}
@article{fulton_religious_1999,
    title = {Religious orientation, antihomosexual sentiment, and fundamentalism among Christians},
    volume = {38},
    issn = {0021-8294},
    doi = {10.2307/1387580},
    number = {1},
    journal = {Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion},
    author = {Fulton, Aubyn S. and Gorsuch, Richard L. and Maynard, Elizabeth A.},
    month = mar,
    year = {1999},
    keywords = {Homosexuality {(Attitudes} Toward), Religious Beliefs, Religious Fundamentalism, religious orientation \& Fundamentalism \& antihomosexual sentiment, 18–24 yr olds},
    pages = {14--35},
}
\end{filecontents}
\begin{document}

\cite{fulton_religious_1999}
\bibliographystyle{apalike}
\bibliography{tbib}

\end{document}

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Your solution is appealing - I had hoped there would be a way to customize the apacite bibliography, though. Do you know if the apalike style is current with the 6th edition? The documentation I have found indicates a version of apalike from 1992 which makes me curious. –  Daniel Jul 31 '12 at 4:41
    
@Daniel no, sorry. I have no idea if apalike.bst complies with the current APA requirements. –  Gonzalo Medina Jul 31 '12 at 4:45
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This is a correct citing of month for symposium contributions and conference paper abstract retrieved online. See Chapter 7.04 Meetings and Symposia of APA Manual.

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