Finding Citation Styles

Citavi offers many citation styles for the author guidelines of journals, publishing houses, and academic ogranizations. You can find out how to switch to a new style in the chapter Changing Citation Styles. In the chapter About Citation Styles we also describe how you can request a new style.

Sometimes you will want to find a citation style based on its characteristics. For example, author names should appear with bold formatting in the bibliography and names of periodicals should appear in italics. The Citation Style Finder helps you select a style close to your requirements from the many styles available. You can then use the style you find directly or make a few small changes to it, so that the style reflects your guidelines.


On the Citation menu, click Citation style and then select Browse citation styles.


Click Find and add style.


Click Advanced search.


Choose the style by selecting various Criteria. As you select more answers the number of styles displayed decreases.

Criteria for the Advanced Search for Citation Styles 

Let's say you're looking for a citation style that inserts reference numbers in the text and formats journal articles as follows:

Doe J, Miller PR, Smith A. A question of style. Journ of Acad Writing. 2008; 1: 88–92.

The options you would choose to find a style like this are marked with asterisks: *: