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My bibliography (made with biblatex) has all items close to each other. I would like to introduce some space between them, e.g. half a line.

How can I do this?

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Related question (the exact opposite indeed ;-)): tex.stackexchange.com/questions/17360/… – diabonas May 26 '11 at 11:26
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increase one of the lengths:

\bibitemsep length between two different entries, preset to \itemsep

\bibnamesep length between two entries of different authors

\bibinitsep length between two entries of authors with different first letter

For example, if you want to increase the \bibitemsep by 50%, you could use:

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That won't work for packages where \itemsep is already zero. Better to use \setlength\bibitemsep{0.5\baselineskip} or something document-related. – Peter Flynn Jun 19 at 21:49

I've used the answer given by Herbert, but it didn't work for me. This could be probably due to the recent update of biber to v2.4 (March 2016).

Hereby, I propose an alternative that worked for me (i.e. introducing a space between the bibentries in the list):


You've to put this in the preamble right after \usepackage{biblatex}

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Mhhh, a Biber update should have nothing to do with that. A biblatex update might just, but it is extremely unlikely I would say. The more likely explanation is that your documentclass sets \itemsep to a small value so that you can't tell 1.5\itemsep from \itemsep. Without an example it is of course hard to say ... – moewe Apr 1 at 16:33

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