I am using apacite package to format a report. At the moment using the \cite{key} command for the in text citation it appears as (Author, year), however I want to change the Author name labels to bold.

I have skimmed through the customize section of the package documentation, but could not find how to achieve it. So my question is how can I customize the formatting of author names-(change it to bold)?

My latex code:

\title{latex MWE}

In the reference.bib file I have the following entry:

  author =       "Agrawal Rakesh and Srikant Ramakrishnan",
  title =        "Fast algorithms for mining association rules",
  booktitle =    "VLDB'94, Proceedings of 20th International Conference on Very
                  Large Data Bases",
  year =         "1994",
  PAGES =        "487-499"

And the output is

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The desired output would be to have the Author's name to appear as:

(Rakesh & Ramakrishnan, 1994)


The Customization section (6) of the apacite manual mentions \BAstyle that can be used to change the style of the authors' part of in text citation, but I don't know how to use it to correctly achieve the desired result. I have tried \renewcommand{\BAstyle}{\scshape} which does what the documentation says, but \renewcommand{\BAstyle}{\textbf} doesn't work.

  • 1
    – moewe
    Sep 17, 2017 at 12:34
  • @moewe your suggestion solved the problem, thanks a lot.
    – Imran Ali
    Sep 17, 2017 at 13:38

1 Answer 1


You already identified \BAstyle yourself, but you can't use a macro such as \textbf for it, you need to use a switch


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