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Use BiBTeX key as the cite key

Let's say I have a .bib file where I'm citing a paper, say:

 author={B.B. Bobs},
 title={Bob's Theory},

Now, in my main document say I want to cite this reference, but using \cite{Bob04}. What I want, is the citation to reflect what is typed after the @ symbol

@ARTICLE{Bob04 ...

So for instance I would like

In Bob's paper[Bob04]

Is there any existing bib style or way to override to allow this to happen?


marked as duplicate by Audrey, lockstep, egreg, Joseph Wright Jul 2 '12 at 21:15

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  • Have you looked at the alpha bibliography style? It is set to create a citation's "label" automatically from the first three letters of the (first) author's surname and the last two numerals of the publication year. I.e., \cite{Bob04} will generate a label that looks like this: [Bob04]. In general, I'd say it's preferable to let BibTeX (or biblatex) do the tedious work of creating labels in a consistent manner; no need to restrict the author (i.e., you) to create keys for the entries that conform to the alpha (or similar) bibliography style. – Mico Jun 29 '12 at 16:09
  • I'd have to agree with you, but for the particular purpose of the document, it would be best to have a custom ability to choose how to represent the cited reference. Any specific way to accomplish this in bibtex? Thanks again Mico. – Vincent Russo Jun 29 '12 at 16:41
  • This will be in the official release of biblatex 2.0/biber 1.0 – PLK Jul 1 '12 at 21:20