# Citing RFCs with biblatex

I want to cite RFCs in the format [RFCxxxx] instead of using the author's initials and the year it was published. Currently I am using the alphabetic style that comes with biblatex. So far, I tried using the \DeclareCiteCommand command to use the key field in the .bib file, but that does not seem to work. I would really appreciate any ideas as how to solve this problem.

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This might help some people stumbling on this question: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/65637/… –  Christian Jul 16 at 15:19
Also, I found the manual class to work well for RFCs. –  Christian Jul 16 at 15:32

You can use the shorthand field to override the label which is automatically generated by the alphabetic style:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[style=alphabetic]{biblatex}

\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}
@misc{A01,
author = {Author, A.},
year = {2001},
title = {Alpha},
}
@report{Cro69,
shorthand = {RFC0001},
author = {Crocker, S.},
year = {1969},
month = {4},
title = {Host Software},
note = {RFC 1},
}
\end{filecontents}