I'm trying to add in-line citations APA style using Biber. Unfortunately, Biber refuses to acknowledge the year of the articles and render everything as n.d., IE: (Johnson, 1999) shows up as (Johnson, n.d.). I'm using Mendeley to create the bib file, and the format for the bib file looks fine.

Here's my tex code:

\affiliation{univ name}

Blah blah blah \parencite{Smith1999}

The bib entry looks like this:

author = {Smith, Bob},
file = {:D$\backslash$:/Users/Bob/smith1999.pdf},
journal = {Journal},
number = {1},
pages = {47--84},
title = {{Article Name}},
volume = {14},
year = {1999}

File list from the log file:

 *File List*
    apa6.cls    2016/07/02 v2.22 APA formatting (6th edition)
    article.cls    2014/09/29 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class
  size12.clo    2014/09/29 v1.4h Standard LaTeX file (size option)
etoolbox.sty    2015/08/02 v2.2a e-TeX tools for LaTeX (JAW)
 lmodern.sty    2009/10/30 v1.6 Latin Modern Fonts
   t1enc.def    2016/06/19 v1.99m Standard LaTeX file
geometry.sty    2010/09/12 v5.6 Page Geometry
  keyval.sty    2014/10/28 v1.15 key=value parser (DPC)
   ifpdf.sty    2016/05/14 v3.1 Provides the ifpdf switch
  ifvtex.sty    2016/05/16 v1.6 Detect VTeX and its facilities (HO)
 ifxetex.sty    2010/09/12 v0.6 Provides ifxetex conditional
graphicx.sty    2014/10/28 v1.0g Enhanced LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)
graphics.sty    2016/07/10 v1.0t Standard LaTeX Graphics (DPC,SPQR)
    trig.sty    2016/01/03 v1.10 sin cos tan (DPC)
graphics.cfg    2016/06/04 v1.11 sample graphics configuration
  pdftex.def    2016/07/10 v0.06j Graphics/color for pdfTeX
infwarerr.sty    2016/05/16 v1.4 Providing info/warning/error messages (HO)
 ltxcmds.sty    2016/05/16 v1.23 LaTeX kernel commands for general use (HO)
booktabs.sty    2005/04/14 v1.61803 publication quality tables
threeparttable.sty    2003/06/13  v 3.0
 caption.sty    2016/02/21 v3.3-144 Customizing captions (AR)
caption3.sty    2016/05/22 v1.7-166 caption3 kernel (AR)
      bm.sty    2016/07/07 v1.2b Bold Symbol Support (DPC/FMi)
fancyhdr.sty    2016/09/06 3.8 Extensive control of page headers and footers
endfloat.sty    2011/12/25 v2.5d LaTeX2e package puts figures and tables at end
   babel.sty    2016/04/23 3.9r The Babel package
 bblopts.cfg    2005/09/08 v0.1 add Arabic and Farsi to "declared" options of b
 english.ldf    2012/08/20 v3.3p English support from the babel system
csquotes.sty    2016/07/14 v5.1h context-sensitive quotations (JAW)
csquotes.def    2016/07/14 v5.1h csquotes generic definitions (JAW)
biblatex.sty    2016/09/07 v3.5 programmable bibliographies (PK/JW/AB)
pdftexcmds.sty    2016/05/21 v0.22 Utility functions of pdfTeX for LuaTeX (HO)
ifluatex.sty    2016/05/16 v1.4 Provides the ifluatex switch (HO)
kvoptions.sty    2016/05/16 v3.12 Key value format for package options (HO)
kvsetkeys.sty    2016/05/16 v1.17 Key value parser (HO)
etexcmds.sty    2016/05/16 v1.6 Avoid name clashes with e-TeX commands (HO)
  logreq.sty    2010/08/04 v1.0 xml request logger
  logreq.def    2010/08/04 v1.0 logreq spec v1.0
  ifthen.sty    2014/09/29 v1.1c Standard LaTeX ifthen package (DPC)
     url.sty    2013/09/16  ver 3.4  Verb mode for urls, etc.
 xstring.sty    2013/10/13  v1.7c  String manipulations (C Tellechea)
     apa.dbx    2016/05/13 v6.9 APA biblatex style data model
blx-compat.def    2016/09/07 v3.5 biblatex compatibility (PK/JW/AB)
biblatex.def    2016/09/07 v3.5 biblatex compatibility (PK/JW/AB)
standard.bbx    2016/09/07 v3.5 biblatex bibliography style (PK/JW/AB)
     apa.bbx    2016/05/13 v6.9 APA biblatex references style
     apa.cbx    2016/05/13 v6.9 APA biblatex citation style
setspace.sty    2011/12/19 v6.7a set line spacing
 english.lbx    2016/09/07 v3.5 biblatex localization (PK/JW/AB)
american.lbx    2016/09/07 v3.5 biblatex localization (PK/JW/AB)
american-apa.lbx    2016/05/13 v6.9 APA biblatex localisation
   t1lmr.fd    2009/10/30 v1.6 Font defs for Latin Modern
epstopdf-base.sty    2016/05/15 v2.6 Base part for package epstopdf
  grfext.sty    2016/05/16 v1.2 Manage graphics extensions (HO)
kvdefinekeys.sty    2016/05/16 v1.4 Define keys (HO)
config/APAamerican.txt    2012/02/23 v1.25 apa6 configuration for American Engl
  • The example as given is 'works for me'. Can you add \listfiles to your input and edit the resulting File list from the .log into the question? – Joseph Wright Sep 16 '16 at 5:40
  • OK, this issue appears with the latest biblatex release: needs looking at. – Joseph Wright Sep 16 '16 at 5:50
  • Do you mean that I should downgrade? (Sorry, I'm not that LaTeX savvy...) – Gabrielle Sep 16 '16 at 5:53
  • 1
    This has already been addressed by the developers github.com/plk/biblatex-apa/issues/27, version 7.1 that fixes the error should be available soon. – moewe Sep 16 '16 at 8:10

The field year seems to be never part of the labelname declaration of biblatex-apa. It must have worked by accident or some side effect. This here seems to correct the problem:



Blah blah blah  \parencite{doody} 
  • See also github.com/plk/biblatex-apa/issues/27. Maybe move year after date to be in line with standard biblatex practice. – moewe Sep 16 '16 at 8:10
  • This is fixed in bibaltex-apa 7.1 which has just been uploaded to CTAN. It requires biblatex 3.6 which has also been uploaded. As mentioned, you should really put date first as the new EDTF date parsing in biblatex 3.5+ only works with the real date fields and not legacy year. – PLK Sep 17 '16 at 14:05

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