I am using apa.bst and want to know how to:

1) Get rid of the period after the year; and 2) Get rid of the comma after the journal title.

I currently have: Baba, SA (1997). Democracies and inefficiency. Economics and Politics, 9(2):99–114.

I need it to be: Baba, SA (1997) Democracies and inefficiency. Economics and Politics 9(2):99–114.


You can use biblatex and more specifically biblatex-apa, as it is easy to customise. Here is an example where you'll find the lines of code to add to your preamble. Note that the syntax to produce a bibliography is somewhat different with biblatex:

\documentclass[12pt,american, a4paper]{article}


    \usepackage[style=apa, backend=biber]{biblatex}

 author = {Droit-Volet, S. and Meck, W. H.},
 year = {2007},
 title = {{H}ow emotions colour our perception of time},
 pages = {504--513},
 volume = {11},
 number = {12},
 journal = {Trends in Cognitive Sciences}

%%% add the following lines to your preamble







enter image description here

| improve this answer | |
  • I modified your code but I odn't know if I did the right thing. However if you want to separate code blocks you can remove the percent signs – percusse Aug 23 '14 at 12:14
  • @percusse: It's perfect, thanks. I don't always think of checking the final result. The myriad of percent signs comes from a template in my editor, but you're right: they're unnecessary. – Bernard Aug 23 '14 at 12:29

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.