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Default Format for Citation Style

Postby PetteriTei » Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:04 am

Dear all,

I am slightly a beginner for LaTeX and LyX and wrote my thesis with LyX using the style template "classicthesis" provided by André Miede (

I wanted to tune the way to cite from text but couldn't find a way from documentation how to do the following for all citations (need to add for preamble probably?)

I cited all my references by the "Cite in LyX" of LyZ-plugin for Zotero (used with Firefox) so the default format for all my citations was the: (citet)

\citet{roenneberg2008modelling} , i.e. Roenneberg et al. (2008)

and I figured out the way to manually change it to the format that I wanted without the brackets around the year and with a comma: (citealp)

\citealp{roenneberg2008modelling}, i.e. Roenneberg et al., 2008

But as I have so many citations that changing them manually one-by-one would be pure insanity, I was wondering if there is way to apply to changes to all the files?

So the classicthesis uses natbib:
  1. \PassOptionsToPackage{square,comma}{natbib}
  2. \RequirePackage{natbib}

But I couldn't find from there for example a way to add some parameters specifying the formatting of citation style.

Best wishes,


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Postby NoIdeaNickanme » Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:28 pm

Why do it manually and one by one?
You can use the ''replace all'' option in your editor and substitute all


with a single click (see attached image).
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Postby shailesh » Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:58 pm


I have been searching on the net about setting a default citation style in Lyx and found that most of the solutions were either:

(1) Open in a text editor and do replace of the citation tags (as above)
(2) Set for one citation, and that style would be remembered by Lyx for the rest of the document.

I am not too much in favor of (1) above as I am still in the process of making my document and each compile would reset citation changes (I believe). I am fine with method (2), but it does not seem to work for me. Lyx just does not 'remember' my last set citation style.

What could be the issue here? I am using LyX Version 2.1.1 with natbib (author-year) for my citation style. Thanks for any help.

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