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I need to create a list of citation shorthands, but my document only uses shorthands to works of one single author. The full citation scheme in shorthands is, therefor, redundant: It should omit the author's name.

That is achievable by reseting the author field with an \AtBeginShorthands, like:


But I also need this behavior in other places: There's a section i the document where I'm planning to put a description list, introducing and explaining the main bibliography...

I'd like to create a separate bibliography, something like “Works by Author Name”, where the author's name would also be redundant... (I think this supposed to be made inside a \defbibenvironment but I don't know how)

So, summarizing:

  • 1) how to reset author bibmacro inside a single environment
  • 2) how to reset author bibmacro inside a separated bibliography
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i managed to do the first thing --- reset author bibmacro inside an environment --- simply by adding \renewbibmacro*{author}{}at the beginning of the environment (Sorry, there were a problem in my test file)... But I still don't know how to use \defbibenvironment... – henrique Jun 4 '11 at 19:11
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Prenote: Although you state to have managed resetting the author field inside an environment, I'm afraid that \renewbibmacro*{author}{} will cover many, but not all cases. (The standard bibliography drivers use a lot of different bibmacros!)

For a separated bibliography, I suggest to clone the bibenvironment used by your favourite bibliography/citation style and to add \clearname{author} (and \clearname{editor}) to the fourth mandatory argument of \defbibenvironment -- the one that contains "code to be executed at the beginning of each entry in the bibliography or the list of shorthands" (manual, section 3.5.7).

In the following example, I have also semi-automatized the creation of the "Works by author name" bibliographies. biblatex doesn't (yet?) feature a \bibbyauthor command, but you can declare categories for the different authors and use \bibbycategory.




\defbibheading{Author}{\section*{Works by A.~Author}}
\defbibheading{Buthor}{\section*{Works by B.~Buthor}}


  author = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha-First},
  author = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha-Second},
  editor = {Buthor, B.},
  year = {2002},
  title = {Bravo},






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Thanks @lockstep! It works perfectly! I had just been able to do it my own way: by adding the \renewbibmacro{author}{} to the "begin code" section of \defbibenvironment, and splitting the bibliography by adding keywords to the .bib file... But that's not such a good idea, since it requires to change the bibliography database... – henrique Jun 4 '11 at 20:09
I still faced same problems with your solution, because the style I'm using (verbose-trad3) substitutes the missing author field by the editor one, and if I \clearname both of them, I empoverish my reference too much. The editor's name is important to the point of being irremovable, but not to the point of being highlighted... So, in this case, \renewbibmacro{author}{} works best for me. – henrique Jun 6 '11 at 16:27

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