Two authors same surname within one publication

Kathrin M. shared this question 8 months ago
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Hey,


I am writing my thesis in APA style. I have one publication where two authors have the same surname: Pfefferbaum, B. J., Reissman, D. B., Pfefferbaum, R. L., Klomp, R. W., & Gurwitch, R. H. (2007). Building Resilience to Mass Trauma Events.

But as I don`t cite any other publications of these authors, the two Pfefferbaums should appear without their first name in the in text citation, shouldn`t they?

What actually happens is that the first Pfefferbaum appears with initials. How can I change this?

Thank you very much!

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Hi Kathrin,

Citavi follows this rule:

"If a reference list includes publications by two or more primary authors with the same surname, include the first author's initials in all text citations, even if the year of publication differs." (p. 176)

Kind regards,

Peter

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Thanks for your fast reply. I know this rule, but I guess I understood it differently. I mean, there is only one PRIMARY author called Pfefferbaum as I do not cite any other publications by this or the other Pfefferbaum.

But you think it`s correct the way it is?

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Hello Kathrin,

You are right! My colleague is investigating the issue. I cannot rule out that the problem will not be solved until Citavi 6.2 (in 4-6 weeks).

Regards,

Peter

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Hello Kathrin,

We will fix the problem with the next release of Citavi 6 (6.2, estimated time of arrival first week of September). In the meantime you may want to store the first name of the first author in the field "Suffix" seperated by a comma:

/d15be845230f989f73604cae34923c87

Kind regards,

Peter

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Hi!

I am on Citavi 6.3 but this issue seems to persist...

If I cite a publication by a first author, who shares the same surname with an author of a different publication, which is also cited somewhere in the document, initials are added: "bla bla (D. Davis et al. 2013)".

However, this rule should only apply (APA 6th ed. Manual 6.14, p. 176) if they are both >first< authors of cited publications. The other "Davis" is third author (of four) of another publication. Following the APA manual, there's no need for disambiguation. Is it possible to correct the rule to "other PRIMARY author"?

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Hello Timo,

We have published the corrected version of the style. Please restart Citavi 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

Susanne

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