Is there citation style that only cites it as (FirstAuthorLastName,year) that can be downloaded as a .csl file and incorporated into mendeley/readcube.

However a simple nature style [1] is too short. And I would like to see the author's name in the text. Is there citation style that only cites it as (FirstAuthorLastName,year)

Meaning no other coauthors name, (since that not how I remeber the article anyway) and no et al.
(because i already know it's "et al", it's just redudant text).

is there a citation style that is like this?.

Or is there a website when one can see different citation syles?


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    If you're just writing quick notes, why do you need to follow an established style? Jan 23, 2019 at 21:57
  • Ideally it would be implemented in readcube, mendeley, or papers, any type of .csl file, e.i a citation style, than can be searched in a reference manager. Jan 23, 2019 at 22:01
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    I guess I don't follow what you're trying to do Jan 23, 2019 at 22:50
  • You can define your own style in mendeley or endnore and I'm pretty sure in most of the reference managers.
    – user64845
    Jan 24, 2019 at 4:13
  • I favour BibTeX's alpha mode, which produces citations such as [Cam07], which provides many of the advantages of (Campbell, 2007), but is more compact.
    – user2768
    Jan 24, 2019 at 13:29

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In a comment you mentioned that you're looking for a .csl citation style file, e.g. for use with Mendeley. It turns out that Mendeley has a generator for, and repository of such files. In particular, one can opt to search by example. Using that tool for citations of the form "(Campbell, 2007)" reveals some examples, the most relevant of which is a modified Chicago style that appears to be associated with Colorado State University - School of Biomedical Engineering:

Example Output

Inline citations

(Campbell, 2007)

(Ahlquist, 2009; Borges, 1999; Campbell, 2007; Mares, 2001)


Ahlquist, J. S., & Breunig, C. (2009). Country clustering in comparative political economy (MPIfG Discussion Paper No. 09–5) (p. 32). Cologne: Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. Retrieved from www.mpifg.de/pu/mpifg_dp/dp09-5.pdf

Borges, J. L. (1999). Selected non-fictions. (E. Weinberger, Ed., E. Allen, S. J. Levine, & E. Weinberger, Trans.). New York: Viking.

Campbell, J. L., & Pedersen, O. K. (2007). “The varieties of capitalism and hybrid success.” Comparative Political Studies, 40(3), 307–332. https://doi.org/10.1177/0010414006286542 “CSL search by example.” (n.d.). Retrieved December 15, 2012, from http://editor.citationstyles.org/searchByExample/

Mares, I. (2001). “Firms and the welfare state: When, why, and how does social policy matter to employers?” In P. A. Hall & D. Soskice (Eds.), Varieties of capitalism. The institutional foundations of comparative advantage (pp. 184–213). New York: Oxford University Press.

I have not tried it myself, but I hope it does the trick.

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    Thank you, perfect - and search by example is a helpful tool for others who are in need of a different style. Jan 24, 2019 at 13:15

I agree with anyon. Well, that's the basic citation style and it is the mostly used. Since you said that your doing a quick not, this will style will be okay for your writing. ..this site might help.. http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/citation/apa/intextcitation/

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