# pandoc/markdown: make citations compile to \cite instead of \autocite [closed]

I am using a custom R Markdown Latex Template, and BibTex, but I am having trouble getting the bibliography to work.

With the default pandoc-citeproc I get the error:

``````pandoc-citeproc: Error parsing references: expected [a], encountered Object
``````

Which occurs before the .tex file is generated, not during the compilation of the .tex file. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling pandoc, which doesn't help.

When I add `--biblatex` as a pandoc argument I get a new error that occurs after the .tex file is generated:

``````! Undefined control sequence.
l.41 We are writing this using LaTeX \autocite
``````

If I replace \autocite with \cite in the .tex file it compiles nicely. It would be nice if I could get pandoc/biblatex to use \cite instead of \autocite so I don't have to manually intervene. Am I misunderstanding something?

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• Seems like you should use the option `--natbib` then, as suggested here tex.stackexchange.com/a/279739/95109 – Christoph S Feb 9 '17 at 21:02
• See also github.com/jgm/pandoc/issues/2392. But it is weird that `\autocite` would be undefined when you load `biblatex`. Can you show us a minimal example of a generated `.tex` file (with the call to `biblatex` and all the options)? – moewe Feb 10 '17 at 6:39
• Any news here? Were you able to get things working in the end? Seeing that the question is about pandoc and lacks an MWE as well as the produced `.tex` file, there is not much we can do. I will probably vote to close this question if nothing more happens in due time. – moewe Mar 25 '17 at 16:32