I want to cite a book from Albert-László Barabási. In the text the format ('last name of author', 'year') should be used, but the citation is printed in the format ('first name' 'last name', 'year').

I found out that the behavior is related to the "acute accents" in his name. When the BibTeX entry is changed from author = {Barab\'{a}si, Albert-L\'{a}szl\'{o}} to author = {Barabasi, Albert-Laszlo} the citation has the correct format ('last name', 'year').

How can this behavior be changed to print the 'normal' format?

  • When I use author = {Barab\'{a}si, Albert-L\'{a}szl\'{o}} with \bibliographystyle{apalike}, I got a correct[Barabási, 2013] reference. -- What is the style you are using ?
    – Jaime
    Sep 16, 2017 at 15:32
  • I use the following setup: \usepackage[style=authoryear,backend=biber,bibencoding=auto]{biblatex}. Sep 16, 2017 at 15:47
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    Using Sharelatex, I got a correct Barabási, 2013. Please provide code for a MWE.
    – Jaime
    Sep 16, 2017 at 16:16
  • See also biblatex, authoryear style: In-text citations display first name initials for certain bibliography entries even though in this case the solution was not to turn off the disambiguation feature, but to fix a typo in the .bib source.
    – moewe
    Sep 17, 2017 at 10:00

1 Answer 1


I found the cause. It was a typo in second biblatex entry: author = {Newman, Mark and Barabási, Alberto-László} instead of author = {Newman, Mark and Barabási, Albert-László} (Alberto vs. Albert).

When both entries are cited the behavior occurs. Fixing the typo fixes the citations.

I guess the first name is written to distingues between two authors with the same last name.

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