Ive just had my paper sent back to me by the editor of a journal I submitted to and was instructed to change the referencing system of my paper to APA ver. 6 style.

Text: Citations in the text should follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association. You are referred to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, ISBN 978-1-4338-0561-5. APA's in-text citations require the author's last name and the year of publication. You should cite publications in the text, for example, (Smith, 2016). However, you should not use [Smith, 2016].

I'm using LyX and tried adding \usepackage{apacite} but it gave way too many errors. I tried searching for a solution and came across this question: apacite not working in tex

Based on the answer there I added authoryear in the document class and added the line \usepackage{apalike} and \bibliographystyle{apalike}.

This time the document compiled without errors but the referencing within text ins not APA. I should be getting

(Smith, 2016)

however all my within text references are:

Smith (2016)

Would appreciate some help here.

MWE below:





and a reference from my bib file:

 % This file was created with JabRef 2.11.
% Encoding: Cp1252

  Title                    = {Text-independent writer identification using SIFT descriptor and contour-directional feature},
  Author                   = {Xiong, Yu-Jie and Wen, Ying and Wang, Patrick SP and Lu, Yue},
  Booktitle                = {Document Analysis and Recognition (ICDAR), 2015 13th International Conference on},
  Year                     = {2015},
  Pages                    = {91--95},
  Publisher                = {IEEE}
  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Are you using natbib or biblatex?
    – ebosi
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 15:13
  • Is change authoryear biblatex citation style helping?
    – ebosi
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 15:20
  • @ebo I am using bibtex for referencing. I checked and I appear to not be using any of them I dont have \usepackage{natbib} in my LaTeX preambles. However adding it in did not change anything. Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 15:27
  • It's likely that \usepackage{natbib} appear as \RequirePackage{natbib} in your class definition. Anyway, I think a minimal working example (MWE) would help us help you!
    – ebosi
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 15:30
  • Have you considered generating citation call-outs via \citep instead of \cite or \citet?
    – Mico
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 15:34

1 Answer 1


I managed to get the desired result. In LyX click on the reference within the text and change the way its displayed in "formatting".

In LaTeX, this can be achieved by using \citep instead of cite

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