How can I use Paperpile to cite the author's name as part of a narrative?

Hi, I’ve been enjoyed using Paperpile for a while now and wanted to see if there was a way to correctly cite author’s name as part of my narrative in the APA style?

For example, I want to give some examples of themes in the literature and want to reference the work of Kazai, as an example. Is there a way of inserting the citation in my text so that it reads as:
Kazai et al. (2011) provided examples of themes…”
instead of
(Kazai et al., 2011) provided examples of themes…”?

I hope this makes sense.


Click the blue bubble in the add/edit box and then check the “Suppress Author” box. The reference will then show up as (2011) and you can write whatever is appropriate in front of it.


Hi, thanks for this! I found it to be working the first time I did it, and I’ve managed to apply it to at least 25 references, but after returning to the document a few hours later, some of the text was broken, and only a few reference read as I want them to read.

That sounds odd. Could you please contact us in the support chat so we can investigate further?

Is there still no better solution? Using a reference sopftware I don’t want to do it manually. There will be typos etc. Writing a long paper this will be the road to hell

Welcome to our forum, @Martin_Brandt! Still no better solution – check out my and @stefan 's replies on the thread below for more details.

Hi, I have been striggling with this issue as well.

As Laura pointed out, there should be options to choose either citation as a part of a narrative or at the end of sentence. Otherwise, there will be unnecessary brackets everywhere everytime references are updated.

Please create the options as soon as possible. Thank you.

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We definitely need this option! It is essential in the in-text citation process to have narrative vs parenthetical options.

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Welcome to the community @Morgan_Steckler. I’ve shared your feedback with the team. Since narrative citations are not supported by CSL (, they require a lot of tweaking. We know this is important though, so it’ll be up for consideration once other improvements have been made.

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Hi everybody, this is being a big headache for me as well. I just completed a manuscript and I am constantly worried that some of the narrative citations will be transformed into brackets again. Actually, this happens everytime one formats the citations. I have to say that for me this is actually a major problem. I’ve been waiting as everybody else a reasonable time for it to be resolved, however, it feels that nobody is giving it a serious thought. Patience on this issue is running very thin right now. Hope you appreciate the honesty.


Thanks for the input here, @Roberto_Rondanelli. When the option Suppress Author is ticked as indicated in Jason’s post above, that in-text citation should only display the year in parentheses (2023) no matter how many times one re-formats. If you find this is not the case for you, please contact us via chat or email (support@paperpile) so we can troubleshoot – a screen recording demonstrating the issue would be helpful.

As Suzanne mentioned, once our completely rewritten extension and webapp are implemented we’ll be able to re-shift resources to topics like this one. Stefan’s comments from last year (below) might also reassure you that proper consideration has been given to this request.