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I have a bibliographic entry with no date. I would like this to be printed both in the citation (i.e. in the text) and in the references with "n.d.", otherwise it shouldn't be different from a regular entry.

In the example below, I would like the citations to be

Lennon (n.d.); Lennon (1972)

and the references to be

Lennon, John (n.d.). Peace on earth.

Lennon, John (1972). More peace on earth.

    AUTHOR = "John Lennon",
    TITLE = "Peace on earth"}
    AUTHOR = "John Lennon",
    TITLE = "More peace on earth",
    YEAR = "1972"}

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You can add the following hooks to your preamble:

\newcommand{\mkbibnodate}{n\adddot d\adddot}

With biber, you can achieve the same result with the source map:


Both of these approaches are style-independent so they should work for authoryear and any of its variants.

The above sourcemap is based on the default labelyear specification:


Currently \DeclareLabelyear does not support literal strings, but something like the following would be useful:


I've added a feature request for this at the biblatex github repository.

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A follow-up note: Using the former alternative, biblatex now also adds n.d. to the entry type @ONLINE, which is not suitable, since the @ONLINE entry has a field URLDATE for this purpose. I assume there's an easy fix for this (one that skips @ONLINE entries or one that doesn't add n.d. if the entry has a field for URLDATE), but I wouldn't know how to do it. – Sverre Mar 7 '13 at 18:43
@Sverre labelyear has a few fallback values if year isn't defined. For the first approach you can just base the test always on labelyear. Accounting for fallbacks in second approach gets messy. – Audrey Mar 7 '13 at 23:40

Please try biblatex 2.6/biber 1.6 development versions from SourceForge. This set up is now the default and there is a new localisation string "nodate" which defaults to "n.d." in all languages currently. \DeclareLabelyear is now the more general:


but you shouldn't need to worry about that unless you are a style author using this macro. With these versions, your example gives the following without any extra coding:

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Changing the "nodate" localisation string for your language will change the "n.d." in both the references and citation.

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Good to hear that the next(?) version of biblatex and biber will do this by default. I also hope the appropriate language specific variants will be added in the near future (that is not a pressing need for me). I will myself wait until the next version is released, since I update my packages through TexLive. – Sverre Mar 14 '13 at 11:40
Most language variants for "nodate" have now been incorporated into the biblatex 2.6 dev version. – PLK Mar 15 '13 at 12:50

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While this works for \textcite, it doesn't work with \cite or \parencite. In the latter two cases, it only prints n.d., and not the author's name. – Sverre Mar 6 '13 at 16:40

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