How To Customize Export Citation Styles

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Most export styles in Authorea have a specific citation style associated with them. For example, if you export this article using the NSF Grant Proposal style, this citation, Johnson 2013, will show in the text as (Johnson, 2013). But what if you want it to be displayed as a number? For example [1]. In order to do this, you have to bypass the default citation style used by an export style. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the folder view of your document
  2. Navigate to a file called header.tex. If such file does not exist, create it.
  3. Edit the file header.tex and add this line in it: \bibliographystyle{plain}
  4. Go back to the main view, export the article (e.g. in NSF Grant Proposal style) and it will now have citations as numbers.
Looking for more citation styles? You can use most BibTeX styles with Authorea. Here's some examples.

Note: Currently Authorea has a single streamlined web-view. There is a single citation style, and appearance in general. We allow full customizations for our exports. Some citation styles might conflict with some export styles, when based on bibtex, please contact if you experience any issues.


  1. Matthew Thomas Johnson. Conclusion. 168–173 (2013). Link

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