I am writing my PhD Thesis with LaTeX. There are no special instructions in my institution about how to write citations and reference lists.
I decided to use Biblatex but then I realized that existing styles (MiKTeX 2.9) don't meet my needs.
I would like to use an "author-year" citation style, and a style for the reference list similar to what Springer uses in journals such as TEST —see http://www.springer.com/statistics/journal/11749 and then Instructions for Authors > References > Reference list. I copy it here, anyway:
Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work.
Gamelin FX, Baquet G, Berthoin S, Thevenet D, Nourry C, Nottin S, Bosquet L (2009) Effect of high intensity intermittent training on heart rate variability in prepubescent children. Eur J Appl Physiol 105:731-738. doi: 10.1007/s00421-008-0955-8
Ideally, the names of all authors should be provided, but the usage of “et al” in long author lists will also be accepted:
Smith J, Jones M Jr, Houghton L et al (1999) Future of health insurance. N Engl J Med 965:325–329
Article by DOI
Slifka MK, Whitton JL (2000) Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. J Mol Med. doi:10.1007/s001090000086
South J, Blass B (2001) The future of modern genomics. Blackwell, London
Brown B, Aaron M (2001) The politics of nature. In: Smith J (ed) The rise of modern genomics, 3rd edn. Wiley, New York, pp 230-257
Cartwright J (2007) Big stars have weather too. IOP Publishing PhysicsWeb. http://physicsweb.org/articles/news/11/6/16/1. Accessed 26 June 2007
Trent JW (1975) Experimental acute renal failure. Dissertation, University of California
What I like of this style is:
- No extra dots after initials, no commas between surnames and initials. Very clean.
- No "&" before the last name.
- No quotation marks for titles.
- No italics for journal or book titles.
- No "In:" for articles.
- No "pp." for articles.
What I would like to change:
I would add a dot after the year. For example:
Giner-Bosch V (2012). Whatever [...]
Also before the book name:
[...] In: Smith J (ed). The rise of modern genomics [...]
I would use full name for journals, but it depends on my
.bibfile, I guess.
Maybe I would add a final dot after each entry.
And maybe other small things like that.
This is in fact quite similar also to the reference list style that is usual in many medical scientific journal, but they don't usually use an author-year style. Instead, many of them use a numbered system, and they sort references by appearance order. In that case, the year usually goes after or before the journal issue number, as in:
[...] Eur J Appl Physiol 105(2009):731-738
And there are also some other traditions such as adding semicolons like this:
[...] Eur J Appl Physiol 2009;105:731-738
that I am not interested in replicating.
By the way, I've been searching about reference styles, and I am not sure but I think the style I am interested in reproducing is none of the most famous ones, such as MLA, APA, Chicago, Vancouver and so on. But despite that, I see it is used in Springer publications, anyway!
So my question is about building a new Biblatex style (or modifying an existing one).
I've already seen some other questions that are very related to this.
But if I write this new question is mainly because of this first point:
Am I missing something, or this process is actually too handcrafted?? I mean, in my humble opinion, creating or adapting news styles for Biblatex seems to take too much time and to be too delicate (in the sense that it is too easy failing in small details). I thought that it would be kind of more automatic, or that there would already be plenty of styles available (see point 2).
Second point, very related to the first one. Do you know if there is already a Biblatex style that meets my needs?? Maybe I missed it.
If not, which of the existing Biblatex styles do you recommend me to tweak or modify? The one that is closer to the final result I want.
Do you recommend me any of the previously posted questions/answers in particular, or other documents out of this website (Biblatex reference, I guess)? Any other piece of advice?
Notice that my document is written in Spanish, but as far as I know this is not a problem, because Biblatex and Babel get along well together. I mean, my style file don't need to take that into account.
I found this previous entries quite interesting and helpful:
- Guidelines for customizing biblatex styles
- Biblatex: changing the order of entries
- Biblatex: define custom style or modify existing?
but if I ask this new question is because I want just to be sure I've understood that modifying an existing style is the only way (points 1 and 2).
I don't think a minimal working example is necessary, but in case you think it is, please tell me.