Project: timlrx/rehype-citation

Package: rehype-citation@0.1.2

  1. Dependents: 0
  2. rehype plugin to add citation and bibliography from bibtex files
  1. markdown 142
  2. rehype 85
  3. rehype-plugin 59
  4. mdx 34


rehype citation example

rehype plugin to nicely format citations in markdown documents and insert bibliography in html format. It is meant to be used as a server side plugin and neatly integrates citeproc-js and citation-js within the remark-rehype ecosystem.

It supports both normal citations (such as [@foo]) and in-text citation (such as @foo), as well as author-date, numerical, and note styles.

API and options follows very closely to Rmarkdown and Pandoc

Intended for usage in Node. If you would like to manage citations in the browser, you should look into using citeproc-js directly.


This package is ESM only: Node 12+ is needed to use it and it must be imported instead of required.

npm install rehype-citation


Use this package as a rehype plugin.

Some examples of how you might do that:

import rehype from 'rehype'
import rehypeCitation from 'rehype-citation'

rehype().use(rehypeCitation).process(/* some html */)

Sample markdown to HTML output


My markdown text [@Nash1950]

HTML Output:

<div>My markdown text (Nash, 1950)</div>
<div id="refs" class="references csl-bib-body">
  <div class="csl-entry">
    Nash, J. (1950). Equilibrium points in n-person games.
    <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>, <i>36</i>(1), 48–49.


rehype().use(rehypeCitation, [options])

If no bibliography file is passed, the plugin will be skipped.



Type: string.

By default, if no bibliography file is passed, the plugin will be skipped.

Name of bibtex or CSL-JSON file.


Type: string. Default: process.cwd().

Required, path to file. Will be joined with options.bibliography and options.csl, if provided.


Type: 'apa'|'vancouver'|'harvard1'|'chicago'|'mla'|string. Default: apa.

One of 'apa', 'vancouver', 'harvard1', 'chicago', 'mla' or name of the local csl file.


Type: string. Default: en.

Locale to use in formatting citations. Defaults to en.


Type: boolean. Default: false.

Suppress bibliography? By default, biliography is inserted after the entire markdown file. If the file contains [^ref], the biliography will be inserted there instead.


Type: string[].

Citation IDs (@item1) to include in the bibliography even if they are not cited in the document.


  1. link-citations is not implemented.
  2. In-text citation does not parse additional locator information e.g. @foo [p. 33], please use either [@foo, p. 33] or @foo.
  3. Parsing of locators such as page or chapter is done by heuristics and limited to only en content.
  4. Does not support using curly braces to protect citation key or locator information.