# How can I modify the apalike bibliography style to remove square bracketed citation in my reference list?

Currently using BibDesk with TeXShop (for mac). The apalike bibliography style is pretty much perfect for how I like (and more importantly my advisor likes) to do my references.

The only problem is that the citation that comes up in the text [Author, Year] is repeated before each entry in my reference list at the end of the document. Is there a way to remove this so I may just have the Author, Year, Title etc. as normal just without this extra square bracketed part at the beginning?

Here's what it looks like:

Many thanks for any contribution you may be able to give in advance!

• Welcome to TeX.SE. Have you tried loading the natbib package with the options square and authoryear? (For parenthetic-style citation call-outs, be sure to use \citep instead of \cite.) – Mico Mar 7 '16 at 20:07
• AMAZING thank you so much! Had tried natbib already but didn't make the connection that I needed to use \citep instead of \cite. Brilliant, you are an angel – referencingstressesmeout Mar 7 '16 at 20:24
• I'm blushing... – Mico Mar 7 '16 at 20:27

## 1 Answer

Two suggestions, while using the apalike bibliography style, for suppressing the material that's otherwise printed in square brackets at the start of each bibliographic entry:

• Load the natbib citation and bibliography management package. To create parenthesis-style citation call-outs, use \citep instead of \cite. Provide the option square if you want square brackets used in the citation call-outs, and provide the option round if you want round parentheses used in the citation call-outs.

• Load the apalike citation management package. This package supports just \cite instructions, and it will create parenthesis-style citation call-outs, using round parentheses. It's possible to provide more than one argument in a \cite instruction.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{filecontents}
%% bibtex entry information obtained from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0019103502969629
\begin{filecontents}{mybib.bib}
@article{Barbara2002161,
author  = "John M. Barbara and Larry W. Esposito",
title   = "Moonlet Collisions and the Effects of Tidally Modified Accretion in {Saturn's} {F}~Ring",
journal = "Icarus",
volume  = "160",
number  = "1",
pages   = "161-171",
year    = "2002",
issn    = "0019-1035",
doi     = "http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/icar.2002.6962",
url     = "http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0019103502969629",
}
\end{filecontents}
\bibliographystyle{apalike}
\usepackage[square]{natbib} % <- new
\begin{document}
\noindent
Here I cite the paper \citep{Barbara2002161}.

\bibliography{mybib}
\end{document}