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I am using Biblatex for bibliography. This works fine with builtin styles like ieee. But when I gave a custom bst file I got it gives me not found error.

My command was

\usepackage[bibstyle=splncs]{biblatex}

I put the file splncs.bst in the same folder containing the tex and bib file.

Biblatex works fine when inbuilt styles are used

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You cannot use .bst files with biblatex. biblatex styles are .bbx and .cbx files. –  moewe May 1 at 14:18
    
Can convert between these two? What should be done if i get a bst file? –  tex May 1 at 14:41
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There is no standard conversion way from .bst to .bbx/.cbx. If you have to use a .bst file, better use BibTeX. If there is just a general style you have to follow, you might be able to cook that style up with biblatex. –  moewe May 1 at 14:43
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@moewe -- Until the unlikely event that someone actually creates a bst-->bbx/cbx converter, your comments are the answer.... To the OP: while it is a lot of work to create a fully correct and complete bibliography/citation style, if your needs are personal and (somewhat) circumscribed, it is possible to implement a style for use with biblatex without too much work. There are many serious biblatex hackers who frequent this site if you have questions. –  jon May 1 at 18:28

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bilbatex uses a different style format (.bbx, .cbx, .lbx) than BibTeX (.bst). As such you cannot use .bst files together with biblatex.

As far as I'm aware there is no "converter" for .bst to .bbx/.cbx, and it is very unlikely that someone will actually create such a converter.

As a general rule: If you have to use a certain .bst file (because you institution requires you to do so, your publisher insists on a certain template etc.) it is best to go with BibTeX and the exact setup recommended in the guidelines. If you just happen to like a particular .bst file, you can check first if someone has created a biblatex style for it (a list of styles can be found here), if that is not the case, you can try and create the style yourself.

To implement a bibliography style yourself, first choose an appropriate basis for your style, find the standard biblatex style that comes closest to your intended style. According to this, that would probably numeric in your case.

Then you go on to modify the style to your needs.

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I'd go further than 'very unlikely' on auto-conversion: once you give this some thought it's impossible. Such a conversion would need some form of structure to be available in the input, and .bst files are entirely arbitrary. –  Joseph Wright May 3 at 6:41

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