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I'm trying to use biblatex and biber so as to have access to @online, etc. But I'm quite overwhelmed.

In-text citations used to just show the last names. Now they are including first names or initials. How can I make first names/initials go away in the in-text citation?

My journal insists on (author year) rather than (author, year). Ugh, but how can I implement this for in-text citations?

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What biblatex style are you using? The firstname/initials in most default styles are because the automatic name disambiguation system is probably enabled. You could set uniquename=false and uniquelist=false as package options. However, you won't then be able to disambiguate names in citations which is sounds like you might need to do ... – PLK Aug 3 '12 at 17:44
My call is: \usepackage[firstinits=false,uniquename=false,uniquelist=false,citestyle=author‌​year-comp,bibstyle=authoryear-comp ,sortcites=false,natbib=true,block=space,url=false,doi=true,backend=biber]{bibla‌​tex} after adding your two suggestions. They solve problem (1)! I doubt I have real disambiguation problems. It would be nice to know what biber/biblatex thinks is ambiguous (I couldn't tell). – CPBL Aug 3 '12 at 17:52
And you still get first names/initials? If so, please say which versions of biblatex/biber you are using and also give us a minimal example showing the problem. – PLK Aug 3 '12 at 17:53
Wow, you're fast. I pressed enter early and was still editing my reply. Thanks for the solution to (1)!. I still need to get rid of commas in citations, before the year. I don't know how to find the biblatex version. biber --version gives: biber version: 0.9.8. – CPBL Aug 3 '12 at 17:59
For future reference, please always only ask one question per post. This way, other users looking for help can find solutions more easily. – doncherry Aug 3 '12 at 22:35
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Set uniquename=false and uniquelist=false for the first issue but note that you then can't auto-disambiguate names if you need to.

For the comma issue, put this in your preamble:


natbib compat makes nameyeardelim into \addcomma\addspace so you need to reset it.

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Thanks PLK! For the solution AND explanations. Both my issues are solved. – CPBL Aug 3 '12 at 18:48
@PLK: Please don't answer a question while it violates our one-issue-per-question rule so blatantly. See Should we answer really bad questions? The two questions asked here aren't really terrible per se, they just shouldn't be in one post. Just imagine duplicate handling with questions like this. – doncherry Aug 3 '12 at 22:37
@doncherry: Btw, as the offender, is there something I should do? Is it worthwhile to edit this question to restrict it to half of what I asked, and make a new one, inviting PLK to answer that too?? – CPBL Sep 30 '14 at 19:55

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