I have been trying to find out how to make citations to look like

[Lastname year]

in the text. As an example:

The results are from [Smith 2016].

And in the references the list would have a line.

[Smith 2016] Smith, A.J, Results, Journal 5 (2016).

How can I do that?

And no, "et al." cannot ne visible, not like this:

The results are from [Smith et al. 2016].

At this point any command that gets rid of that "et al." is acceptable, even multiplatform post processing.

1 Answer 1


The answer https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/420601/191948 can be tweaked to remove the "et al.":







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  • When biblatex 3.13 is released with the changes for github.com/plk/biblatex/issues/861, it will also be possible to use my answer to the same question, which does not abuse the alphabetic style.
    – moewe
    Jun 30, 2019 at 10:23
  • Excellent, thank you! The key seems to be the \DeclareAlphaTemplate that enables lots of other format as well.
    – Juha
    Jul 1, 2019 at 5:55

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