I am so new to Latex and biblatex.

Here is the problem. \usepackage[style=apa,sortcites=true,sorting=nyt,backend=biber]{biblatex}

my goal is like


it only has year and no any authors but, with current command, I only got

Gouldner et al., (1964)




(Gouldner et al., 1964)

So, is there any way for me to get it?

  • 1
    Please read about Minimal Working Example and provide some code so that people can see what you do and test it. Thank you.
    – Miyase
    Commented Jul 21, 2022 at 11:58
  • Thanks for reminding. I have got the way. just \parencite*{}. I am so dumb
    – Vera Du
    Commented Jul 21, 2022 at 12:05
  • If you want proper APA style, you should call biblatex as \usepackage[style=apa, backend=biber]{biblatex} and not as \usepackage[style=apa,sortcites=true,sorting=nyt,backend=biber]{biblatex}. The option sorting=nyt, sets a sorting that is not strictly speaking real APA. sortcites is redundant. If the guide that recommended this piece of code also recommended \DeclareLanguageMapping it is seriously outdated (\DeclareLanguageMapping has not been required for at least three years now).
    – moewe
    Commented Jul 21, 2022 at 13:30

1 Answer 1


Many biblatex styles define a starred version of some of their commands that omits the name part of the citation. This is usually the go-to command if you have mentioned the author name manually somewhere and only need the label part of the citation.

If you want to print the publication year, there is \citeyear (which normally does not include any disambiguation letters, but curiously does with biblatex-apa).


\usepackage[backend=biber, style=apa]{biblatex}


Lorem \autocite{sigfridsson}

Lorem \parencite{sigfridsson}

Lorem \textcite{sigfridsson}

Lorem \nptextcite{sigfridsson}

Lorem \cite{sigfridsson}

ipsum \autocite*{sigfridsson}

ipsum \parencite*{sigfridsson}

ipsum \textcite*{sigfridsson}

ipsum \nptextcite*{sigfridsson}

ipsum \cite{sigfridsson}

dolor \citeyear{sigfridsson}


Lorem (Sigfridsson & Ryde, 1998)
Lorem (Sigfridsson & Ryde, 1998)
Lorem Sigfridsson and Ryde (1998)
Lorem Sigfridsson & Ryde, 1998
Lorem Sigfridsson and Ryde, 1998
ipsum (1998)
ipsum (1998)
ipsum Sigfridsson and Ryde (1998)
ipsum 1998
ipsum Sigfridsson and Ryde, 1998
dolor 1998


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