I prefer the apalike bibliography style with the number in brackets in front (see also this post and this post). However what I am curious about is how to align the first and subsequent text lines neatly next to the number in brackets.


Does anyone know how to do this?

  • I know how to do this with biblatex, but this is not apalike bib style, as far as I know: it is a numeric style.
    – Bernard
    Jan 12, 2016 at 10:56
  • Could you give an example? I would like to have something similar to apa style but then with squared numbers
    – user89685
    Jan 13, 2016 at 16:25
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    Apa style would label something like Alziary & al. 1997, possibly between brackets, since it an authoryear style.
    – Bernard
    Jan 13, 2016 at 16:54

1 Answer 1


You can update some of the settings loaded by the thebibliography environment to a set of fixed lengths:

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  author  = {B Alziary and JP D{\'e}camps and PF Koehl},
  title   = {A {PDE} approach to {A}sian options: {A}nalytical and numerical evidence},
  journal = {Journal of Banking \& Finance},
  year    = {1997},
  volume  = {21},
  number  = {5},
  pages   = {613-640}








You can increase the two length measures 1.2em that forms part of \makelabel and setting \labelwidth if you have more than 9 references.

  • +1 for assuring that the words Asian and Analytical aren't lowercased. :-)
    – Mico
    Mar 25, 2016 at 3:36
  • Do you by any chance know how to make this work if the multibib package is used? I have posted this question, because the solution here does not seem to work with this package.
    – SampleTime
    Jan 19, 2021 at 18:41

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