Bibliography: First name included even though APA style selected

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#1

Hello!
I am writing a paper in Docs (Google): When Paperpile adds the bibliography, Paperpile includes Author First Names, rather than First Inital (followed by a period). It is doing this despite APA 6 style having been selected.
Is there an easier way to correct this error than going into each reference in Paperpile and replacing the Author First Name with Initial+Period?

Thank you!


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#2

In principle there is nothing wrong with how Paperpile handles APA style. I assume for most your papers you will get the correct initials as expected.

However, there is one caveat. If you have for example two papers from the same author and in one paper you have saved the author as “John Doe” and in the other case only as “J. Doe” Paperpile thinks these are two authors and according to APA style tries to disambiguate by adding the full first name. The solution is to make the author names always consistent.

At least this was the solution for some other users who ran into this issue.