biblatex seems to be not compatible with RevTeX. As RevTeX automatically loads natbib, I load biblatex with the option natbib=true, but still LaTeX compiler complains that lot of commands are already defined. I make them undefined as follows:


but still obtain various errors such as

! Package biblatex Error: Incompatible package 'natbib'.

See the biblatex package documentation for explanation.
Type  H <return>  for immediate help.

l.78 \begin{document}


I've checked that natbib compatibility mode is switched on:

Package biblatex Info: Trying to load natbib compatibility...
Package biblatex Info: ... file 'blx-natbib.def' found.
 ("C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX 2.9\tex\latex\biblatex\blx-natbib.def"
File: blx-natbib.def 2011/02/13 v1.2a biblatex natbib compatibility

So, it looks as if that trouble comes from RevTeX. I tried both RevTeX4 and more recent RevTeX4-1. No difference.

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    The biblatex manual states that natbib is incompatible with biblatex. The natbib option is unrelated to the package (it emulates it, but doesn't make it compatible).
    – Philipp
    Feb 25, 2011 at 17:21
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    – lockstep
    Feb 27, 2011 at 16:16
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    Does anyone have any ideas on how difficult implementing a fork of RevTeX 4.1 that would be compatible with biblatex would be? I'd be prepared to put a bounty on it. As Igor mentions in the comment in the answer by Lockstep, this class dominates physics.
    – qubyte
    Nov 24, 2011 at 4:13
  • This answer gives a hack to use biblatex under RevTeX. (Answerd by Joseph Wright, the author of biblatex-phys.) You probably want to augment it by biblatex-phys package in CTAN, as pointed out by minmax.
    – y-watarino
    Feb 26 at 11:52

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Since biblatex "reimplements the bibliographic facilities of LaTeX from the ground up, [it] naturally conflicts with all packages modifying the same facilities" (manual, section 1.5.4). Specifically, biblatex is incompatible with natbib. biblatex' natbib option only provides aliases for natbib's citation commands.

From a look into the manual of RevTeX 4.1, natbib is a required package, and multiple custom options and commands are defined on top of natbib. So no, I'm afraid biblatex is incompatible with RevTeX.


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