I am using biblatex-apawith the apa6.cls.

In the text I cite several versions of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders) by the American Psychiatric Association (APA):

    author={{American Psychiatric Association}},
    shortauthor = {APA},
    title="{Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: {DSM-IV}}",
    edition = {4th ed.},
    address={Washington, DC},

    title = {Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: {DSM-IV-TR}},
    edition = {4th ed., text rev.},
    publisher = {Autor},
    author = {{American Psychiatric Association}},
    shortauthor = {APA},
    year = {2000},
    address={Washington, DC},

    author = {{American Psychiatric Association}},
    shortauthor = {APA},
    address = {Washington, {DC}},
    edition = {5th ed.},
    title = {Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: {DSM-5}},
    publisher = {Autor},
    year = {2013},

When I first cite f. e.

\parencite{APA1994} I get the correct output:

(American Psychiatric Association [APA], 1994)

When I cite that a second time, I get (which is also correct):

(APA, 1994)

However, when I cite another publication with \parencite{APA2000} then after that, I get:

(American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2000)

But, as this publication has the same author as cited before, I want the shortauthor to be put there, like:

(APA, 2000)

How do I achieve that?

  • 3
    I consider this a bug in the APA style, you're right. It has been fixed in version 6.3 which I will mail you for testing if you like.
    – PLK
    Oct 25, 2013 at 21:45
  • If this issue would be fixed in a regular version release soon I could wait until then. When will it be released?
    – entne
    Oct 25, 2013 at 23:00
  • 2
    Probably within a week or so.
    – PLK
    Oct 26, 2013 at 6:33
  • Ah ok that's fine for me. Thanks for your info and offer.
    – entne
    Oct 26, 2013 at 9:11

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For those interested:

A new version of biblatex-apa fixed this issue, thanks to PLK.

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