Customizing Citation Keys

Some citation styles are particularly demanding. For example:

For these styles, the citation style description in Citavi will specify that you need to turn on Citation key support and tells you how to configure the citation key template.

When creating your own styles, citation keys can be a powerful tool to implement unusual requirements. The citation key is available as a component in the citation style editor and can thus be combined with any other components.

When Citation key support is selected, Citavi displays the Citation key field on the Reference tab. There you can see the automatically generated citation key. You can manually change this citation key.


The citation key feature should not be used for styles that require a citation in the (author date) format (i.e. Harvard styles). Instead, use the components Author, Editor or Organization and Year derived.