How do I suppress the "In: " before the journaltitle? Like so:

In: Journal of Applied Physics


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Insert after loading the package biblatex:


or if you need it only for an entry of type @article (can easily extended to other entry types -- see below):


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If you need it for more entry types use:

     test {\ifentrytype{article}}%
     test {\ifentrytype{inproceedings}}%
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    This isn't likely going to do what is needed, since it will also remove the "In" from e.g. articles in edited volumes, for which most bibliography styles is used. The odd decision of biblatex's default is to use "In" with journal articles, which isn't very common.
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Feb 9, 2011 at 15:48
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    @Kit I've posted a sample .bbx file which solves the problem. It might solve your problem, or at least allow you to make your own along similar lines.
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Feb 9, 2011 at 16:03
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    @Kit: see edited answer
    – user2478
    Commented Feb 9, 2011 at 16:38
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    @Herbert: A very elegant code snippet -- I hope you don't mind a small bounty. ;-)
    – lockstep
    Commented Feb 13, 2011 at 9:43
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    @lockstep I think we find it odd simply because there are no bibliography styles in the outside world that we know of that use 'In' for articles.
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Feb 13, 2011 at 14:19

Please note that the accepted answer is much simpler and this answer should probably not be used

I don't know if there's a simple way to do this within a document. The way I've solved this problem is to define my own .bbx style in biblatex which fixes some of its odder defaults. This style (named here 'mybibstyle') is loaded with the [bibstyle=mybibstyle] option when you load biblatex. (This could be added to the preamble of your document, I suppose, but my preference for long modifications like this is not to add them to documents. (And this is something that one will use all the time.))

Here's a sample; the code is copied from the standard.bbx file in biblatex. This assumes the authoryear-comp style of biblatex as a starting point, and then modifies the bibliography driver for the 'article' type. (It also removes quotation marks from article titles; remove that code if you don't need it.)

If there is a simpler way to do this, I'd be glad to find out.

\RequireBibliographyStyle{authoryear-comp} % change this if you're not using author-year
\DeclareFieldFormat[article,incollection,unpublished]{title}{#1}%No quotes for article titles
\DeclareFieldFormat[thesis]{title}{\mkbibemph{#1}} % Theses like book titles

If your base is using a bibstyle that itself changes the formatting of the 'article' type then you should copy that definition into your custom bbx file as the starting point. The relevant code to remove from the driver is the \usebibmacro{in:} (which is all I removed from the standard bbx version to create the one above.)

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    This is precisely what I was looking for; many thanks! I too found these two defaults (the "In:" prefix and the quotes around article names) most odd, and am glad for a fix... who knows what influenced these stylistic decisions.
    – Noldorin
    Commented Jul 19, 2013 at 4:53

Because it comes up very often, the biblatex-ext styles have an option to remove the "in:" only for @articles.



removes the "in:" for @articles. The "in:" for all other types is preserved. See also §4.1 General options of the biblatex-ext documentation.


\usepackage[backend=biber, style=ext-authoryear, articlein=false]{biblatex}



Pines, Shlomo (1979). ‘The Limitations of Human Knowledge According to Al-Farabi, ibn Bajja, and Maimonides’. In: Studies in Medieval Jewish History and Literature. Ed. by Isadore Twersky. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, pp. 82–109.//Sigfridsson, Emma and Ulf Ryde (1998). ‘Comparison of methods for deriving atomic charges from the electrostatic potential and moments’. Journal of Computational Chemistry 19.4, pp. 377–395. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1096-987X(199803)19:4<377::AID-JCC1>3.0.CO;2-P.

If the "in:" should be removed for all entry types, the solution from the accepted answer


is still the way to go (and it isn't much more complicated than using an option).

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