MLA 7th edition: issue with different authors with same family name

Mélanie Y. shared this question 9 months ago
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I downloaded the MLA 7th ed from Citavi to decide whether I should continue to use the MLA 8th ed. I noticed an issue with citations from different authors who share the same family name, such as Aleida Assmann and Jan Assmann, in the MLA 7th ed.

In-text citations are supposed to appear as such in the MLA 7th ed:

(A. Assmann)

(J. Assmann)

However, the citations incorrectly appear as.

(Assmann, Aleida)

(Assmann, Jan)

I tried to identify the cause of this issue by looking into the Citation Editor (, but it looks like following any of the suggestions would edit *all* authors' name format. How could I have the author's initial appear before the family name only to distinguish different authors that share the same family name?

Thank you very much,


Comments (2)


Hello Mélanie,

We have just published the corrected version of the style. Please restart Citavi 6 if you are connected to the Internet so that Citavi can download the new style version from our server to your computer.

Thank you for pointing out the problem.

Kind regards,



Excellent. Thank you very much, Jana!

Best regards,