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I have been asked to present my inline citations as "name (year)" rather than "(name, year)" although I'm not sure what this type of citation is called. I have been using the apacite package so far for citations with bibtex. I would like some assistance to change the way this is presented and which packages to use, thank you.

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  • It should be doable with the author-year citation style of biblatex (the parentheses for the year are missing, but it is easy to patch biblatex commands)
    – Bernard
    Commented Sep 27, 2021 at 9:32

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\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[natbibapa]{apacite}

\begin{document}
\cite{doody}

\citep{doody}

\citet{doody}


\bibliographystyle{apacite}
\bibliography{biblatex-examples}
\end{document}

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APA style calls the "Author (year)" form narrative citation whereas "(Author, year)" is called parenthetical citation (see e.g. https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/citations/basic-principles/parenthetical-versus-narrative).

In APA style narrative citations are used if the author(s) form a natural part of the flow of your sentence, e.g.

Doody (1974) showed that ...

whereas parenthetical citations are used to give a reference if it does not form natural part of the sentence.


If you want to use standard apacite (without natbib/natbibapa), you can use \citeA for narrative citations

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{apacite}

\begin{document}
\cite{doody}

\citeA{doody}

\citeNP{doody}


\bibliographystyle{apacite}
\bibliography{biblatex-examples}
\end{document}

(Doody, 1974)
Doody (1974)
Doody, 1974

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