I found many solutions to similar problems here, but I still cannot solve this one: I'm using Springer's template like this:

 \documentclass[twocolumn, natbib]{svjour3}     
 \bibliographystyle{spbasic}      % basic style, author-year citations

and I get an error: Bibliography not compatible with author-year citations.

I really cannot figure out what I'm doing wrong.

  • @Mico you could make that an answer.
    – Johannes_B
    Oct 5, 2015 at 12:54

1 Answer 1


(This answer is transferred from a comment I left some time ago.)

The bibliography style you've selected, spbasic, is geared towards authoryear-style citation styles when paired with the natbib citation management package. To generate numeric-style citations, load the natbib package with the option numbers.


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