I've been requested to change the bibliographic reference style of one of my papars to APA style, but when using the apacite command the document is not compiling. A MWE is shown below.

My problems are:

1) when using \usepackage{apacite} and \bibliographystyle{apacite} with a \citep reference, I obtain an error:

! "Argument of \citeauthoryear has an extra }."

2) If I change the reference style to \cite or \citeA, styles corresponding to apacite package, I obtain another error:

! Extra \endgroup.

3) When trying to use the option \usepackage[natbibapa]{apacite}, it doesn´t recognise the option

! LaTeX Error: Unknown option `natbibapa' for package `apacite'.

although the package apacite is actualized from 2013.

I would thank any help since I have a short due date to present it and after a long search for a similar problem in forums I couldn't find any working answer.

Thanks in advance


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\title{Title of my paper}

\cortext[cor1]{Corresponding author}

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1234 City, Country }

\address[focal]{Institute of Technology, University of Bbbb,
Bbbb St, 4321 City, Country}

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\section{Section 1 of my paper}

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And the bibliotest.bib file:

title = {A fine title},
year = {1899},
volume = {40},
number = {12},
pages = {1052-1057},
author = {A.B. Cdefg and W. Z. John},
journal = {Madness}

title = {The best title},
year = {1905},
volume = {40},
number = {12},
pages = {1052-1057},
author = {Doe, J. and Kirk, J.P.},
journal = {Insanity}
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  • 2
    Are you sure you should be using apacite along with elsarticle?
    – egreg
    Aug 1, 2014 at 10:32
  • To get the apacite package to work alongside the elsarticle document class, I find it's necessary to load it before the \documentclass instruction is executed, via the statement \RequirePackage{apacite}. Even so, I get error messages about \thebibliography already being defined, etc. In short, echoing @egreg's comment, you may want to use a different bibliography and citation management package. natbib along with elsarticle-harv.bst, would be such a candidate.
    – Mico
    Aug 1, 2014 at 13:47

3 Answers 3


I finally solved this problem using the apalike package.

As Mico commented, elsarticle has embebed the natbib package, which crashes somehow when using the apacite package. My solution was to add the option authoryear to the elsarticle documentclass:


and include the apalike package:


and in \bibliographystyle{apalike}.

In this way I could compile the document with the required reference style.

Thanks anyway to all and hope this helps someone in my situation ;)



I struggled with this issue also. Unfortunately, the answers here didn't help me out. What worked for me was to replace the


line in elsarticle.cls (line 642) with


This makes the biboptionscommand nonfunctionally, though, and in general might not be a good solution, as it changes the elsarticle.cls itself (but this seems to be an unmaintained class file anyway; installed from CTAN gives me a version from 2009 ...)


you can solve this problem (using elsarticle.cls along with APA bibliographic reference style) as follows:


 bla bla bla \cite{author99}





And the refs.bib file:

title = {A fine title},
year = {1899},
volume = {40},
number = {12},
pages = {1052-1057},
author = {A.B. Cdefg and W. Z. John},
journal = {Madness}

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