Using Biblatex with LyX I've managed to get a subdivided bibliography almost the the way I want it. The idea is to cite the key works with abbreviations that are conventional to my subject. For this I have used shorthands like this:

\printshorthands[heading=subbibliography,title={Værker af Wittgenstein}]
\printbibliography[heading=subbibliography,title={Andre værker},notkeyword=witt]

This is an extract from the .bib file with one item with a shorthand entry and one without (I've given the shorthand items the keyword "witt", so that I can exclude them from being printed in the regular bibliography):

  title = {Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature},
  publisher = {Princeton University Press},
  year = {1980},
  author = {Rorty, Richard},

  title = {On certainty},
  publisher = {Blackwell},
  year = {1979},
  author = {Wittgenstein, Ludwig},
  editor = {Anscombe, {G.E.M} and Wright, {G.H.} von and Paul, Denis},
  address = {Oxford},
  shorthand = {OC},
  keywords = {witt},

The output is this:


The only problem is that the names in the shorthands division aren't reversed "Surname, Name"-style like the other part of the bibliography. How would I go about changing that?

  • We need to see the bibliography - how are you defining your shorthands? – PLK May 3 '13 at 0:46
  • I've edited in a sample from my .bib file. – MajorBriggs May 3 '13 at 8:22

The possible problem is in the way the biblatex style used defines the formatting instruction for the names. For the bibliography it seems it use last-first, while the standard definition for the shorthands inherit the formatting instruction form the bibliography entry, but it uses first-last formatting for the names; Namely, the definition is:


Thus, one can change the definition above


or changing last-first to default or last-first/first-last. To be sure we need a minimal working example and knowing the style used.

  • For the record I use the style authoryear-ibid. Adding the definition to the preamble did the trick. – MajorBriggs May 3 '13 at 10:18

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