I'm use the TeX ACM Style in my thesis:


And cite references using \cite{}, but it's different of the new ACM style:

[Number] instead [Author Year]

How can I use [Author Year] like ACM Style?


Obs.: In ACM examples, the cite and reference styles are:


A paginated journal article [Abril and Plant 2007], an enumerated journal article [Cohen et al. 2007], a reference to an entire issue [Cohen 1996], a monograph (whole book) [Kosiur 2001], a monograph/whole book in a series (see 2a in spec. document) [Harel 1979], a divisible-book such as an anthology or...


Rafal Ablamowicz and Bertfried Fauser. 2007. CLIFFORD: a Maple 11 Package for Clifford Algebra Computations, version 11. (2007). Retrieved February 28, 2008 from http://math.tntech.edu/rafal/cliff11/index.html

Patricia S. Abril and Robert Plant. 2007. The patent holder’s dilemma: Buy, sell, or troll? Commun. ACM 50, 1 (Jan. 2007), 36–44. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1188913.1188915

  • Which document class do you use? And, is using the natbib citation-managent package an option for you? – Mico Aug 21 '13 at 4:30
  • \documentclass[12pt, a4paper]{article}, and I'm not using natbib. – Anderson Aug 21 '13 at 4:55

I believe you need to load the ACM-Reference-Format-Journals style to get citations and references in the form described in the excerpts you've posted. I.e., issue the command


instead of \bibliographystyle{acm}. If you don't already have this style file, go to the ACM LaTeX Style Guide webpage and download and unpack any one of the three zip files for authors (v2-acmsmall.zip, v2-acmlarge.zip, v2-acmtog.zip), and then copy the .bst file to the directory that contains your TeX file(s).

To get authoryear-style citations, you should also load the natbib package.

Addendum Feb. 2017: The ACM LaTeX style guide webpage appear to have migrated to https://www.acm.org/publications/acm-latex-style-guide-3jan2017.

  • Thanks. I had used this style, however I need use acm.cls. and I get some errors :-( – Anderson Aug 21 '13 at 20:12
  • Thanks for providing this clarification. Are you also experiencing problems if you use one of the .cls class files provided in the three .zip files I mention in my answer? – Mico Aug 22 '13 at 4:54
  • Yes. I used acmlarge.cls. – Anderson Aug 22 '13 at 13:34
  • I would just like to format the citations and references, and not whole document. – Anderson Aug 22 '13 at 13:46
  • @Anderson - I'm afraid I'm not sure what your main issue is. Please be a bit more specific than saying that "I get some errors". Is something preventing you from using the ACM-Reference-Format-Journals bib style along with a document class such as article or report? When switching from one bib style to another, be sure to remember to wipe out the .aux and other auxilliary files before recompiling. – Mico Aug 22 '13 at 16:34

Try using apalike instead of acm.


This will give you citations of the form

[author, year]

  • Thanks. But, in APALike references are: [Ablamowicz, 2007] Ablamowicz R. 2007. CLIFFORD: a Maple ... [Abril and Plant, 2007] Abril P. S. and Plant R. 2007. The patent ... And ACM are: Rafal Ablamowicz and Bertfried Fauser. 2007. CLIFFORD: a Maple ... Patricia S. Abril and Robert Plant. 2007. The patent ... – Anderson Aug 21 '13 at 4:31

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