Customizing Citation Keys

Some citation styles are particularly demanding. For example:

One style requires a full citation on thefirst citation, but only the first two words of the title on subsequent citation:First citation: Strong, D. M., Y. W. Lee, and R. Y. Wang.
Strong, D. M., Y. W. Lee, and R. Y. Wang. 1997. 10 Potholes in the Road to Information Quality. Computer IEEE 30, no. 8:38-41.
Subsequent citation:
Strong, 10 Potholes, 41-44.

In the text you want the first three letters of the author's last name if there is one author, the first two letters of the authors' last names if there are two authors, or the first letter of the first three authors' last names if there are three or more authors and the year. You need to cite Smith 2002, Jackson and White 2012, and Burroughs, Kim, and Gonzales 2016, producing [Smi2002], [JaWh2012], and [BKG2016], respectively.

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 an element in the Citation Style Editor and can thus be combined with any other elements.

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.

Please note:

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.


Generating Citation Keys

Customizing Citation Key Templates

Exporting and Importing Citation Key Templates