{biblatex} is a complete reimplementation of the bibliographic facilities provided by LaTeX. It has its own backend {biber} which can be used instead of {bibtex} and which supports, e.g., full {unicode}, highly customisable sorting, data source filtering, and customisable field inheritance.

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Comment out sections of text in bib file

What's the correct way to comment out sections of explanatory text (included for humans to read) in a .bib file? I would like biber/biblatex to simply ignore this text. When I put in text like ...
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Visualize bibliography entry process of biblatex

I'm currently working on modifying the verbose biblatex style to my needs. In order to find out what's going on and to find the definitions I need to modify, I've been digging through a number of ...
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URL field only for certain reference types with biblatex

I'm using biblatex for my references. My bib file includes many references which I have imported from different sources. Not all references have a url entry and some of them are bogus. I now like to ...
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Citing author's full name in biblatex

How can I cite an authors full name (= first name + last name) in biblatex? @book{Gladwell2005, author = {Gladwell, Malcolm}, address = {New York, NY}, publisher = {Back Bay Books}, ...
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What is the most convenient way to create annotated bibliographies, e.g. in a literature review?

I am interested in creating annotated bibliographies either on a problem sheet for students or in general by writing a summary of a background literature research. I am aware of special bib-style ...
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Disable month in biblatex bibliography?

Currently my bibliography items are printed like this: R. B. Griffiths, Nonanalytic Behavior Above the Critical Point in a Random Ising Ferromagnet, Physical Review Letters 23 (July 1969), pp. ...
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Is there an ebib-like bibliography manager for emacs designed for biblatex? [closed]

I've been using ebib to manage my .bib files, but I've just switched over from using bibtex to using biblatex & biber to actually generate the bibliographies in documents. Obviously the file ...
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Problem: Different authors result in same citation symbol

Behavior: Using biblatex's alphabetic style, I'm citing "Mr. Stark" and "Stack Exchange Inc.", both of 2010. In both cases I get [Sta10] as a reference symbol. Problem: The reader cannot know whom ...
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Install Biber in MiKTeX on a 64-bit version of Windows

The question Biblatex + Biber + Texmaker + MiKTeX describe how to use Biber with MiKTeX. But on the 64-bit version of MiKTeX Biber isn't installed. How it is possible to install Biber on a 64-bit ...
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biblatex: Putting thin spaces between initials

This question led to a new feature in a package: biblatex Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style, rule 2.1.5 states "Add little or no space within strings of initials." If ...
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Check if an entry is cited multiple times

I am trying to find out whether it is currently possible to have a test in Biblatex that tests at the very first time an entry is cited whether the same entry will be cited more than once in the ...
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Add new field to biblatex entries

Many of the books I use are parts of series. biblatex gives you more fields to add bibliographic information to than BibTeX does, but it has no fields appropriate for the editor of a series. If I use ...
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BibTeX style that groups by author

I'm looking for a BibTeX style that formats the reference list at the end in the way shown below. The key points are: The references are sorted by the (list of) authors, and then each author has a ...
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Different sorting schemes in different sections of bibliography

Update 5-Sep-2012: Sorry for highjacking this question, but as the status of the accepted selected answer has changed (now multiple sorting is implemented with biber/biblatex), and I think it is a ...
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Biblatex, capitalization of arabic names and name prefixes

As we know, using the useprefix option, when name prefixes like von, della etc. are present in the bibliography, enables us to change name sorting as well as capitalize those prefixes using commands ...
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Author name of \textcite as possessive

When using biblatex I often use \textcite. Sometimes I want to write things like "Smith's (2000) formulation of x is" instead of "Smith (2000) formulates x as". How do I achieve this? Or more ...
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RefTeX won't find my .bib file in local library tree

RefTeX gives out the following error when trying to insert a citation: No valid bibliography in this document, and no default available I keep a master .bib file in ...
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biblatex: How to omit “p.” at \cite?

I'm using \cite[1]{A01}. The result is Author 2001, p. 1 The desired result is Author 2001, 1 How do I achieve that? I'm aware of biblatex: How to remove the parentheses around the year in ...
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Having several keys refer to the same bibliography entry

Is it possible to have several keys referring to the same bibliography entry (using biblatex+Biber)? For example, I'd like \cite{Tolkien:1954:LordOfTheRings} and \cite{lotr} to have exactly the same ...
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URL line breaks with biblatex

How do I allow long URLs to have line breaks at any point. This is in the bibliography not the main text. I am trying to save space so don't want extra spaces to be added to make it only break at ...
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Is it possible to make automatic multiple citations with csquotes and biblatex?

I'm using csquotes package with biblatex. There is a number of citations that require multiple references, which can be introduced with the \autocites command --- e.g. second hand citations (“cited ...
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Why doesn't parskip=half work together with fontenc in bibliographies?

If \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} is used and parskip=half is set: Else (either \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} isn't used or parskip=half isn't set): I consider the second one the correct style. Why is ...
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Is there a disadvantage to using natbib=true with biblatex?

I am making the switch to biblatex and I was wondering whether there are any disadvantages to using the natbib=true compatibility option. I am sure we can all sympathise that journals will probably ...
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Possessive cite in biblatex-chicago (authordate)

For my master's thesis I changed my citation package from harvard with bibtex to biblatex-chicago with authordate and bibtex8, primarily because I need babel to translate my bibliography to Norwegian. ...
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Multiple doi, url, and eprint entries in biblatex

I'm in the process of writing a biblatex style file to support the on-line journal Theory of Computing. The journal has been using BibTeX for years, and I am looking forward to the flexibility ...
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MultiMarkDown and biblatex citations

I'm using Scrivener to produce LaTeX output with MultiMarkDown. MultiMarkDown uses natbib by default, so footnotes look like this code snips: \footnote{~\citep[<prenote>]{<key>}} The ...
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Reduce spacing in bibliography using biblatex

How can you control (in my case reduce) the spacing of the bibliography in biblatex? I used to use \begin{spacing}{0.9} \bibliographystyle{plain} \bibliography{refs} \end{spacing} and ...
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Use BibTeX key as the cite key

I tried to use natbib and other attempts but for vain. I would like to produce a cite key which is identical to the BibTeX entry. For example, if I have a BibTeX entry Bt98, then I want \cite{Bt98} to ...
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biber eating \langle and \rangle commands

I have some entries in my reference list that contain \langle and \rangle signs in their title like the one in the following MWE: \begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib} @BOOK{test, author = {A. Uthor}, ...
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Proper casing in citation/bibliography titles using biblatex/Biber

My understanding is that bibtex lets the citation style handle capitalization of titles, which is what I would expect from an automated citation tool. Do biblatex and Biber also do this? The document ...
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Concatenating regex variables in fieldvalue

Friends, I'm stuck with a doubt about how to concatenate values from regex parenthesis into the fieldvalue mapping option. Let's see a quick working example: \documentclass{article} ...
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Two bibliographies with two different styles in the same document

When using biblatex, suppose I have set up two separate bibliographies, how can I assign them different styles, e.g. one numbered and the other author-year format or some such thing. ...
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Fixing punctuation after a field in biblatex

Customising a biblatex style, I want to ensure that after the title of books only a space is used. If you take a look at one of the standard drivers: \DeclareBibliographyDriver{book}{% ...
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biblatex: Switching languages for *citations* according to the bibentry's “hyphenation” field

Quoting from section 3.1.2.1 of the biblatex manual: [The babel] option controls which language environment is used if the babel package is loaded and a bibliography entry includes a ...
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Internal bibliography with biblatex

I would like to have a paper's bibliography entries inside its .tex file instead of outside in a .bib file. Is this possible with biblatex? My reason for asking this is that I want to find the most ...
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biblatex-apa: undefined references

I cannot, for the life of me, get biblatex's apa style to work. Other biblatex styles work fine, apa, however, does neither print a reference list, nor produce a citation at all (single output is key ...
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Non-ASCII characters in Biblatex

I am using biblatex with backend=biber and the following .bib file: @article{concellon_synthesis_2006, title = {Synthesis of Enantiopure ({αS,βS)-} or ({αR,βS)-β-Amino} Alcohols by Complete ...
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Nigrification of references for double-blind refereeing

I really love biblatex, the only disadvantage is that it is not so simple any more to mess with the bibitems manually any more. Here is a problem that caused me grief: I was asked to blacken out ...
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Biblatex: have “and” in the citation but “&” in the bibliography

I'm starting using BibLatex/biber to process my bibliographic entries in Latex. Using the authoryear style as a start, I tweak in order to comply to editorial style of the journal I'll submit my paper ...
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biblatex: Is it possible to patch macros created with \newbibmacro?

This question led to a new feature in a package: xpatch The etoolbox package provides various tools that "are useful to hook into or modify existing code" (etoolbox manual, section 3.4). The ...
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Biblatex: tricks with repeated citations in footnotes

I'm trying to adapt the citation formatting provided by the verbose-trad2 style for biblatex to conform to very particular specifications I've been given. I think verbose-trad2 is the closest to all ...
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Word-by-word sorting of authors in bibliography using biblatex/biber

I am using Biber/biblatex for the bibliography of my forthcoming book. I just received the last round of corrections from the copyeditor, and discovered that the sort order used in my bibliography is ...
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Is there a makebst-like style definition helper for creating biblatex styles?

I know that there is documentation on biblatex and I know that there are loads of answers how to customize the respective biblatex configuration files to meet one's needs to achieve a specific layout ...
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Use \addbibresource via a script

Is there some way to use \addbibresource with biblatex to fetch a remote bibliography (in my case from CiteULike), but piping it through a script first? The output from CiteULike isn't perfect for ...
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biblatex: remove commas between last and first names in bibliography

I am new to biblatex, and I need to create a bibliography with the authors' names with last names followed by pure initials. Using the style=numeric, firstinits and terseinits options along with: ...
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How do I include all authors of cited works in an index of persons?

I use the splitidx package to create a special index of named persons. \usepackage[makeindex,protected]{splitidx} \newindex[Index of people]{person} \setindexpreamble[person]{...} To index people ...
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biblatex: \textcite author formatting vs. bibliography author formatting

For LaTeX citations, I use biblatex/babel. The journal for which I'm writing requires a bibliography with authors formatted as follows: Guyton AC, Hall JE. That is, with no "and" before the last ...
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biblatex authoryear-comp and name aliases

Using the authoryear-comp style I often cite different authors having the same last name. The biblatex package options backend=biber,style=authoryear-comp,firstinits=true,uniquename=init eliminate ...
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Localize terms in bibtex/biblatex entries

Is there a way I could localize terms in my bibtex entries? example: note = {to appear} I use a bibtex file for articles in english and german and it would be nice to replace the "to appear" in ...
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biblatex: Tighter integration of \textcite “in the flow of text”

This question led to a new feature in a package: biblatex Many biblatex citation styles feature the \textcite command which is "intended for use in the flow of text, replacing the subject of a ...