I'm not well-versed with the complex looking constructs for modifying biblatex styles. The style I wish to use is, enter image description here

APA is the closest I could find. I get the following on using it: enter image description here

Please help me change this default APA style to the one above. Even some other route without APA is fine.

I looked up online and found the following MWE from a source (which I'm unable to find again) that would embolden the author names only in the references and not in the in-text citations. Though the initials weren't emboldened.





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The edits to the style required:

  • Full name in bold
  • Name style: surname, initials or initials surname
  • Year after author names
  • Journal volume number in bold
  • No 'In:' before the journal name
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    The apa style is not really designed to be modified, since it implements the conforming APA style. You would be better off starting with the ext-authoryear style and working from there. It seems that you want a basic author-year system in citations and bibliography but with a numbered bibliography with bolded names. Is this correct?
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Mar 22, 2021 at 14:58
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    Also the formats of your first two samples are contradictory: LastName, Initial vs Initial LastName. Or is the order supposed to switch for subsequent works by the same author? That's a really odd requirement.
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Mar 22, 2021 at 15:07
  • On numbering author-year bibliographies see How to get references with numbers in author-year style with biblatex? (which is possibly where you got part of your code from.)
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Mar 22, 2021 at 15:20
  • @AlanMunn Yes, that is correct. Though by changing apa to ext-authoryear as is doesn't change anything and I don't know how to edit the style. The name style confused me as well but I'll go for LastName, Initial. The fact that my uni needs author-year style in-text citations and a numbered bibliography itself felt odd (can't help it). Can you help me edit ext-authoryear? Thank you. Commented Mar 22, 2021 at 18:31

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I think this does what you want:

% from https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/470700/
% From https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/497426/
% Other modifications


output of code

  • Thank you, Alan. You're a saviour. It works. I'm squeezed with a deadline, but asa I'm done with that, I'll try to understand the code. Commented Mar 23, 2021 at 19:05

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