How can I get LyX to use a different citation style? Instead of the numeric citations [1] I would like abbreviations of the author names and a 2-figure year: [EPR35]. I believe the alphaabbrv style does this, but any roughly equivalent style would be fine.

[1] A. Einstein, B. Podolsky, and N. Rosen, Can quantum-mechanical description of physical reality be considered complete? Phys. Rev. 47 777 (1935)

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I don't know why this was never answered. But for reference, in case anyone else sees this.

When you do Insert --> List/ToC --> BibTeX bibliography, you get this window:

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The \bibliographystyle is chosen by the Style drop-down menu. Choose the one you want from the list. There is no style called alphaabbrv in the list, but alpha does something like what you're after (see screenshot at the bottom).

To open this dialog after having added a bibliography in the first place, right click BibTeX Generated Bibliography, and click on settings.

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Screenshot of example with alpha

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  • Worked for me. Also for the reference, the (useless) option in document->settings->bibliography is overriden by this setting. Commented May 5, 2021 at 17:23

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