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:

What the citation looks like in the text The text citation is repeated before the reference

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, 2016 at 20:07
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    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 Mar 7, 2016 at 20:24
  • I'm blushing...
    – Mico
    Mar 7, 2016 at 20:27

1 Answer 1


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.

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%% bibtex entry information obtained from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0019103502969629
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",
\usepackage[square]{natbib} % <- new
Here I cite the paper \citep{Barbara2002161}.


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