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How can I remove the comma before ed. or eds. and put this abbreviation in parentheses? I'm using biblatex.

For example this reference:

Dozy, Reinhart, ed.: Supplément aux dictionnaires arabes. 3rd ed. 2 vols. Leiden: Brill, 1967.

should look like this:

Dozy, Reinhart (ed.): Supplément aux dictionnaires arabes. 3rd ed. 2 vols. Leiden: Brill, 1967.

Moreover, I would like to have the "rd" of "3rd edition" in superscript. Is this possible?

EDIT: Here is a minimal example (with lockstep's solution for superscripts inluded, sorry for not having given an example the last time):

%!TEX TS-program = xelatex
%!TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode
\documentclass[a4paper,12pt,final, oneside]{memoir}

% ********************************************************************
% Biblatex + Bibliography
% ********************************************************************

\usepackage[style=authortitle-ibid, sorting=nty, hyperref=auto]{biblatex}
\defbibheading{prim}{\subsection*{{Primary Sources}}}
\defbibheading{sec}{\subsection*{{Secondary Sources}}}
\DeclareFieldFormat{postnote}{#1}%%keine Anzeige von S.
\renewcommand{\labelnamepunct}{\addcolon\addspace} %%Doppelpunkt nach Autor

%Serientitel in Klammern und nach der bibliographischen Angabe

%%Ed. in parenthesis
    test \ifuseeditor
    not test {\ifnameundef{editor}}
%     \setunit{\addcomma\space}% DELETED
%     \usebibmacro{editorstrg}% DELETED
     \setunit{\addspace}% ADDED
     \printtext[parens]{\usebibmacro{editorstrg}}% ADDED

    test \ifuseeditor
    not test {\ifnameundef{editor}}
%     \setunit{\addcomma\space}% DELETED
%     \usebibmacro{editor+othersstrg}% DELETED
     \setunit{\addspace}% ADDED
     \printtext[parens]{\usebibmacro{editor+othersstrg}}% ADDED

%Superscript for cardinal numbers before edition


\printbibliography[heading=prim, keyword=prim, nottype=reference]
\printbibliography[heading=sec, notkeyword=prim, nottype=reference]

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Since you did not provide a minimal example, I'm assuming the default numeric style.

EDIT: Minimal exampe changed to style autortitle & friends.



    test \ifuseeditor
    not test {\ifnameundef{editor}}
%   \setunit{\addcomma\space}% DELETED
    \setunit{\addspace}% ADDED
%     \usebibmacro{#1}% DELETED
     \printtext[parens]{\usebibmacro{#1}}% ADDED



  editor = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha},
  edition = {3},





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Thank you for your fast reply! The superscript works perfectly. Unfortunately, for the redefinition of the editor format I get the response: \abx@macro@editor+others ->\ifboolexpr { test \ifuseeditor and not test {\if... – Christopher Oct 1 '11 at 13:34
@Christopher: Edit your original question to include informations about the style you use and other possible redefinitions. – lockstep Oct 1 '11 at 13:36
Thanks for changing your example to the authortitle-style, but I still get the same error message: ! Undefined control sequence. \abx@macro@bbx:editor #1->\ifboolexpr { test \ifuseeditor and not test {\ifn... – Christopher Oct 1 '11 at 14:42
Do I have to make some changes? I tried your minimal example and it causes the same error message. Maybe there is a typing error somewhere? – Christopher Oct 1 '11 at 14:44
Try my minimal example without any changes. – lockstep Oct 1 '11 at 14:54

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