I've been having the same problem as this person. My citations show up as [#], and not in the desired format (Author, Year).

I have checked natbib as advised: enter image description here

, and also in the citation menu itself: enter image description here

However, the PDF prints still only give me [#]. Any ideas?

Edit: My BibTex is an export file from Mendeley, and looks quite normal.

Thank you so much in advance.

  • What document class are you using? Would the problem persist if you switch to a different document class, say article? – Herr K. Jan 13 '14 at 17:36
  • I'm using Article (Komascript) – Christian Jan 14 '14 at 10:56
  • Which bibliography style are you using? Try plainnat. – Torbjørn T. Mar 7 '14 at 16:01

At least for the class "elsarticle" (Elsevier), the document class is loaded with a numbered citation style by default. For elsarticle, one adds the year by adding the "authoryear" option to the class by doing this in LyX: Document -> Settings -> Document Class -> Class options -> Custom: "authoryear"

Source: elsarticle documentation


In case you are using the Elsevier template elsarticle-template-1-num.tex in a raw editor without these options you have to add the option


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