I am trying to write: "(e.g. Surname, 2018)" using apacite package.

I have tried (e.g. \cite{surname2018}}) (too many brackets), \cite{surname2018} (does not have e.g.) , and (e.g. \citeA{surname2018}} but it still does not work.

What should I do in this case?

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    Welcome! Does (e.g.~\citet{surname2018} ) work?
    – user121799
    Jan 2, 2018 at 23:53
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    In natbib package \citep has two optional parameters for prefix and postfix, but this won't help you, probably. Jan 2, 2018 at 23:55
  • Thank you, marmot! I tried that and it comes out as an error (using citet).
    – MPS
    Jan 3, 2018 at 0:02

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The apacite package supports two sorts of citation commands, its own version, or the natbib versions (loaded with the natbibapa package option.)

The citation commands support both a pre-note and a post-note. The basic syntax is:


where \cite gives you (pre-note Author, Year, post-note), \citeA gives you pre-note Author (Year, post-note).

So to get your example, you would use:


If you are using the natbibapa option, the command syntax is slightly different:


yields pre-note Author (year,post-note) while


yields (pre-note Author, Year, post-note).

Since square brackets are used to delimit both the pre-note and the post-note, you need to provide an empty post-note to get a pre-note only. So your example would be:


You can find the full set of citation commands in the apacite documentation, or for a quick summary see: What is the relationship between natbib, apacite package, and apa document class?.

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