My document used to use bibtex with the package apacite, where I used the commands \cite and \citeA to create citations of the form (Author, Year) and Author (Year) respectively.

For various reasons I had to switch from bibtex to biblatex. I load it with \usepackage[style=apa,backend=biber]{biblatex}.

I am trying to figure out how to do the same in biblatex:

  1. When I use \parencite I get a similar effect to apacite's \cite, but the PDF link (hyperref) is only created for the year. I would like both the author and the year to have a hyperref link to the bibliography. How do I do that?

  2. How do I do something like \citeA? I can "fake it" by using two commands like \citeauthor{key} (\citeyear{key}) but it's cleaner (and has other advantages) to use only one cite command (and again, \citeauthor doesn't seem to generate a hyperref link).

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    \citeA is probably \textcite. For the links thing see hyperlink name with biblatex authoryear (biblatex 1.4b).
    – moewe
    Mar 5, 2016 at 15:49
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    One problem is that biblatex-apa is a compressed style, try to cite \cite{knuth:ct:a,knuth:ct:c} from biblatex-examples.bib. Which of the two works would you like the link from "Knuth" to go to?
    – moewe
    Mar 5, 2016 at 15:53
  • \textcite was exactly the thing, I don't know how I missed it in the docs... Regarding the compressed style, good point, but the other answer you linked to solved my problem. Thank you very much :) If you write your first comment as an answer, I'll accept it. Mar 5, 2016 at 19:37

2 Answers 2


The equivalent of apacite's \citeA in biblatex is \textcite.

(And you are absolutely right that one should avoid faking such a command by putting together several \cite...s into one macro, in biblatex it is often not much harder to define a real cite command. And in this case it happens that the command is already there.)


I use APA and have found following to work for me:


%% Bibliography APA 6th edition - norwegian

\section{biblatex apa}
\textcite{Adler1989}, \parencite{Adler1989}.



...with the following Bibliotek.bib

  Title                    = {{T}he {S}tudy of {O}rchestration. 2ed},
  Author                   = {Adler, Samuel},
  Publisher                = {New York: WW Norton and Company},
  Year                     = {1989}

Output biblatex test

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    Note that your .bib file can be biblatex-ified further. The edition should not go to the title, but to edition: title = {{T}he {S}tudy of {O}rchestration}, edition = {2},. Also the location of the publisher goes to the location field and the "and" in the name should be protected: location = {New York}, publisher = {WW Norton {and} Company},.
    – moewe
    Mar 6, 2016 at 8:15

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