Answered By: Caltech Research Librarians
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2017     Views: 335

When writing a paper, it may be necessary to change the appearance of an in-text citation. The standard in-text citation in Microsoft Word using citation styles like APA, Cell, Chicago, MLA, etc. looks like this:

If you want an author's name to appear within the text of the sentence and the parenthetical to list the year only, the in-text citation looks like this:

To make the "Author says... (date)"  format work, first write the sentence using the author's name (e.g. "According to Giesceke..."). Then after you have clicked on 'Add/Edit Citation' and selected your citation, double click on it to reveal an additional menu:

From this menu, check the box labeled 'Suppress Author' and your parenthetical will omit the author name.


If you need detailed information about adding and editing citations, visit Or you can go to for a discussion about suppressing authors and editing APA styles within Zotero.


Part or all of this answer is adapted from Zotero wiki content distributed under various Creative Commons licenses found at Additional content may have been adapted from the Zotero LibGuide by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License.