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 you can find out how to request a new citation style.

Citation methods

Citation styles vary by the method they employ:



Citation methods



In-text citation: Author Year

Creating In-Text Citation Styles


In-text citation: Superscript numbers
In the order cited


American Medical Association

In-text citation: Superscript numbers
Bibliography sorted alphabetically


CSE Council of Science Editors

In-text citation: Number in parentheses
In the order cited



In-text citation: Number in parentheses
Bibliography sorted alphabetically

Veterinary Practice

Renal Physiology

In-text citation: Number in brackets
In the order cited


Springer Basic Number

In-text citation: Number in brackets
Bibliography sorted alphabetically

Blood alcohol

Springer Soc Psych Number

In-text citation: Citation key

LNI, Citation pages (de)

LNI (en)

Footnotes: Author Year

Ebster, Stalzer (Notes)


Footnotes: Full citation

Bibliographic working methods

Chicago Manual of Style (Notes)

Footnotes: Citation key


Oxford (Author-Title)


This PDF file lists some of the most commonly used citation styles with examples.

Finding Citation Styles

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.

  1. On the Citation menu, click Citation style > Browse citation styles.
  2. Click Find and add style.
  3. Click Advanced search.
  4. Choose the style by selecting various Criteria. As you select more answers the number of styles displayed decreases.


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: *:

Another example can be found in this video.