{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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Guidelines for customizing biblatex styles

Suppose I've just made the switch to biblatex. I have chosen one of the built-in styles (numeric, alphabetic, authoryear, authortitle, verbose) or of the custom styles available at CTAN, and I've ...
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What to do to switch to biblatex?

Because of the great answers posted around in the site, I'm finally considering to do the switch and move to biblatex. So, the question is what do I have to do? To give the question some focus, ...
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bibtex vs. biber and biblatex vs. natbib

I've heard of many different bibliography-related packages/platforms/?. What's the difference between the following, which is good for what tasks, advantages/disadvantages, which one is the most ...
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biblatex for idiots

Is there a 'biblatex in a nutshell' guide out there? I'd like if someone explained to me the essentials on how to use biblatex (what lines I have to write in my document, which files I have to have, ...
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Biblatex/biber fails with a strange error about missing recode_data.xml file

I'm trying to use biblatex and when I compile my document I get an error like the following: Windows data source C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp\par-5061756c\ ...
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Suppress “In:” biblatex

How do I suppress the "In: " before the journaltitle? Like so: In: Journal of Applied Physics
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Showing the bibliographic entry in a popup when you hover over the citation key

I thought it would be useful to have bibliographic entries displayed as a tooltip so readers are not interrupted by following hyperlinks or trying to find the Bibliography, so I created the following ...
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What is the difference between bibtex and biblatex?

I've been reading about biblatex more and more on here. What is the difference between it and bibtex? Why should I switch to biblatex? Seeing the documentation doesn't seem too mature (or accessible ...
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Biblatex: submitting to a journal

Suppose that I moved from BibTeX to biblatex. With BibTeX I just copied the content of .bbl file into final version of my paper before submitting it to a journal. What should I do at same stage having ...
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How to split bibliography into “works cited” and “works not cited”?

I need two bib-like sections: a "References" giving works explicitly cited in my text, and a "Bibliography" (or "Further reading" if you prefer) giving everything from my bibfile that didn't already ...
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Is there a WYSIWYG editor for biblatex styles?

Does anyone know if a WYSIWYG editor for biblatex exists, where I simply can enter some kind of template (e.g. regular expression or whatever) and the needed commands to produce this style would be ...
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How to use biber

Simply put I want to know what steps I need to take to start biber with biblatex. I haven't been able to find any proper tutorials or guides showing how you go about using it instead of BibTeX. What ...
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How to emulate the traditional BibTeX styles (plain, abbrv, unsrt, alpha) as closely as possible with biblatex?

This question led to a new package: biblatex-trad I'd like to use biblatex while at the same time maintaining the bibliography format of the traditional BibTeX styles (plain, abbrv, unsrt, ...
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Biblatex with Biber: Configuring my editor to avoid undefined citations

Running the minimal example \documentclass{article} \usepackage{filecontents} \begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib} @ARTICLE{example, author = {Other, Anthony Norman}, title = {Some things I ...
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Biblatex: Get rid of ISSN, URLs and DOIs in references

My .bib files are generated by Mendley desktop and usually contain URLs, ISSN and DOIs, but I don't want those to be displayed in my list of references. How can I get rid of them (short of deleting ...
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Compatibility of bibtex and biblatex bibliography files?

In the answer to bibtex vs. biber and biblatex vs. natbib the advantages and disadvantages of Biber vs. BibTeX (and of natbib vs. biblatex) were explained. However, one point was omitted: The question ...
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Is there any advantage to using \addbibresource over \bibliography?

I've always used \bibliography to tell BibTeX where my bibliography is, and when I moved to biblatex, I didn't change. I see a lot of biblatex answers use \addbibresource instead. What is the ...
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Is it possible to suppress a specific field from bibtex .bbl in biblatex?

I'm using biblatex, and am still very new at it. I can't figure out how to suppress certain fields automatically generated from my bibtex file into my .bbl file. For instance, for all of my entries, ...
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Make specific author bold using biblatex

I am writing my CV in LaTeX. I am using biblatex and want my name (and only my name) to be bold for every reference. Is there a magic way to do this? A similar question Make one author's name ...
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Bibliography tools that are compatible with biblatex and biber

I’m currently in the process of reconsidering how I do bibliography management. It seems to be most sensible to use biblatex with biber. I’d like to know what tools are available on which I can build ...
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Can I count the number of times each reference is cited?

I am writing a paper, and I would like to be able to find out automatically how many times each reference is cited. This could either be appended to the references in a printed version, or outputted ...
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How do you cite conference proceedings?

This might be a little far fetched for this site, if it's inappropriate, close it, but please direct me to where I could ask this question. My bibliography is growing quite huge and the time has come ...
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biblatex: displaying all authors of multi-author works in the bibliography

I'm using the biblatex package to add citations and a bibliography to my LaTeX document. I've noticed that only the first author plus "et al." is displayed for works with more than three authors. ...
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.bib library file in a different directory, how to use? (Mendeley centralised .bib file)

problem Hello All, I have the possibility of a centralised, updated .bib file using Mendeley Desktop. This file will stay updated with all the changes I make using my Mendeley citation software. I ...
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Workflow for managing references?

What is your workflow for managing references? How does this workflow scale? Do you use programs like zotero, mendeley, jabref? What are their pros and cons? Does it allow easy integration of ...
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biblatex: make title hyperlink to DOIs, URL or ISBN

This is a follow up question to biblatex: Make title hyperlink to doi url (if available). My reference database contains some DOI codes, but mainly normal URLs and some ISBN/ISSN codes. What I would ...
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Citing a range of papers (using numeric keys)?

Is there a way so that, when I cite a range of papers, the output is a range of numbers, instead of a list of numbers? In other words, when I type ... some dummy text here is due to me \cite{me1, ...
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How can I put more space between bibliography entries (biblatex)

My bibliography (made with biblatex) has all items close to each other. I would like to introduce some space between them, e.g. half a line. How can I do this?
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Bibliography not in ToC when using biblatex/biber

I just managed to switch from using BibTeX to biblatex with the biber backend. My references now appear how I want. However I have two new issues. 1) How do I change "Bibliography" to references? The ...
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Set limit to one author when using “et al.” in biblatex

In the header of my document I set the maximal author names to 2: \usepackage[style=authoryear-icomp, maxbibnames=9, maxcitenames=2, backend=biber]{biblatex} Now, when I cite texts with two ...
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Biblatex citation order

I'm facing a problem with biblatex citation order. Using this configuration: \documentclass {article} \usepackage[brazil]{babel} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \hyphenation{es-ta-bi-li-da-de} ...
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biblatex: multiple bibliographies categorised by different .bib files

biblatex supports multiple bibliographies by looking up the 1) entry type, 2) keyword, or 3) category. This is all fine, but in the use case of primary sources and secondary sources: 1) the 'type' ...
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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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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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Multiple citations with pages using BibLaTeX

How can I do multiple citations with page numbers using bibLaTeX/biber? I have tried \cite[2,3,4]{ref1,ref2,ref3,ref4} but it doesn't work.
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Disable ISSN but keep ISBN with biblatex

I'm writing a document where I want ISBNs to be shown for books so I have turned on the isbn option. This causes the ISSN for journals to be shown when I reference an article. Is there a way to enable ...
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biblatex: Make title hyperlink to doi url (if available)

I'm using biblatex with the standard bibliography style. How or what should I modify so that the title is turned into a link pointing to a suitable doi url? (of course only if the doi is available)
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Coordinating the work of Biblatex style authors

I am not sure whether this is an admissible question. If it is not, please close it. The problem Biblatex opens up the realistic possibility of highly complex citation systems such as those used in ...
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biblatex: How to remove the parentheses around the year in authoryear style?

The standard authoryear style in biblatex puts parentheses around the year in the bibliography and no parentheses around in text citation years: Smith 2011 shows ... (citation) Smith, Joe ...
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Biblatex + Biber + Texmaker + MiKTeX

Will someone please help me to both configure Texmaker and use it so that I can use the backend=biber option with biblatex package. I am using MiKTeX 2.8 and Texmaker 3.1. Please do not simply tell me ...
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Can I use biblatex with Tufte classes?

Is it possible to use biblatex with the Tufte document classes (tufte-handout and tufte-book). If so, what modifications should I make to my preamble or class wrapper in order to use biblatex? I've ...
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How to create multilingual (English, Japanese) bibliographies with biblatex, biber and polyglossia

I would like to update my bibtex file in a way that allows me to create multilingual bibliographies. Since I publish in English and Japanese, I will need this to work in a way that: In an English ...
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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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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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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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Automatically link bibliography entry to Google Scholar when no url field is present

Something I thought would be absolutely amazing but is way beyond my BibLaTeX skills: whenever there is no url field, generate a link that searches for the title, authors and year on Google Scholar. ...
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biblatex sorting by date

I have written my own biblatex style for citing jurisdiction. I realized that the sorting in the bibliography is not chronological within the years. I addressed the date field to each bibliography ...
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Biblatex: changing the order of entries

I switched to biblatex only recently and I'm still struggling with understanding how to do things properly. My question is: How to change the order of entries/units/blocks in the bibliography? The ...
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biblatex: Reverse numbering (i.e., count down)

I was wondering if it is possible to get the citation numbers to count down [3] newest item [2] item [1] oldest item in biblatex? I am sorting using either using sorting=none and entering in ...
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Customising emacs to use biblatex-biber instead of bibtex

I use biblatex, but I still go through running bibtex on my .bib files, rather than biblatex-biber, which is/will be preferred. How do I arrange for C-c C-c to run the relevant biber command, rather ...