I am using \usepackage{apacite} and for following citations I use \cite{Author}

Although I have tried the \fullcite{} and\shortcite nothing has changed in the lenghts of the citations.

Furthermore do I want to list a reference as

According to Name of Author (year) this theory has developed.

I found the commands of \citep and \citet which unfortunately don't work for me...

If you could help me that'd be great.

2 Answers 2


I recently used:


with bibtex and created the commands:

%Definitions of commands for the citation
\def\CiteAuthorParYear#1{\citeauthor{#1} (\citeyear{#1}) }
\def\CiteParAuthorYear#1{(\citeauthor{#1} (\citeyear{#1}))}

Par, means parenthesis and so the first is probably what you are looking for.

Keep the second and adjust it to your needs to cite inside parenthesis or brackets, or whatever


The macros \citet ("textual citation" -- something like Smith (1999)) and \citep ("parenthetic citation" -- something like (Smith 1999)) are provided by the natbib citation management package.

If you wish to use these macros while using the apacite citation management package instead (along with the apacite bibliography style, right?), you need to load the apacite package with the option natbibapa:


One should never load both apacite and natbib.

  • I now used \usepackage[natbibapa]{apacite} and it works fine. thank you for that, but why do you say I should never do that? or did you mean I should not load \usepackage{apacite} and \usepackage{natbib} at the same time? You seem to be the real MVP by the way. Thank you a thousand times. Greetings from St. Gallen.
    – thebilly
    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 20:54
  • @thebilly - You're welcome. :-) By the way, I wrote "One should never load both apacite and natbib" -- what's ambiguous about that?
    – Mico
    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 21:17

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