I am writing a small paper and I have to use two types of citations throughout the text.

The first one is 1)"(AUTHOR,Year)" and the second one is 2)"Author(Year)", while at the same time I am using, in the bibliography, apa style, so that it prints "Last Name, Initials (year). Title. etc".

I managed to succesfuly use only one of the citations styles (1 or 2) AND the bibliography, but I can't manage to use all three. I saw some solutions but they only used either all capital citations and a given type of bibliography style or, the other way around, non-capital citations and a given type of bibliography style.

I am using Mendeley to write my .bib file, Windows 8.1 and TexMaker.

Thanks in advance!





This should be the first type of citation "(AUTHOR et al.,Year)" but what I get is:\\ \citep{Alsina2017} \\
and this should be the second type of citation "Author et al.(Year)" and I sucessfuly get this:\\
\citet{Alsina2017} .


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    Just to be clear, you want all parenthesized citations (using \parencite) to capitalize the author names? – Alan Munn Feb 19 '18 at 16:17
  • I think it actually makes no difference since I will only use these two types of citations. Thanks for the response! – André Padilha Feb 19 '18 at 18:04

With a reasonably recent biblatex the following works


This checks if we are in a \parencite and if so, prints the name in small caps. All other names are left as is.

  • Very nice. You might want to add this answer to this question too: biblatex: uppercase in \parencite, but not in \textcite. – Alan Munn Feb 19 '18 at 16:47
  • It works, buut, it cites all authors instead of using "et al." – André Padilha Feb 19 '18 at 18:14
  • @AndréPadilha The 'et al.' is normally controlled by the option maxcitenames, but that does not work withstyle=apa. The APA style has special rules about 'et al.' that style=apa implements to the letter. – moewe Feb 19 '18 at 18:19
  • Got it. And what would be a good style to achieve alphabetically ordered bibliography? – André Padilha Feb 19 '18 at 18:22
  • @AndréPadilha style=authoryear (maybe with \DeclareNameAlias{sortname}{family-given})? It depends on what exactly you want. But you really should only use style=apa if you must follow the APA style. For ABNT freaks (shudder) there is github.com/abntex/biblatex-abnt – moewe Feb 19 '18 at 18:24

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