I am using LyX on Max OS X. When I insert a citation and I compile the document I get a reference number between square brackets that matches the number of the reference in the bibliography section.

e.g. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet [5].

How do I display the above reference in the following style:

e.g. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet (Smith et ala).

Thank you.


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To use author-year style citations, go to Document --> Settings --> Bibliography, choose Natbib, and Author-year as Natbib style, as in the screen shot below.

Note that if you write your own bibliography, you have to make sure you get the correct format, as described in section 2.2 The Syntax of the thebibliography of the natbib manual. In LyX, to add the optional argument (what is in the square brackets) to the \bibitem, click where it says e.g. key-1[], and add the text in the Label field, as in the bottom screenshot.

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