I would like to submit an article to a journal that requires all references to volumes to appear in roman numerals before the page reference, e.g.:

William Shakespeare, Complete Works, III, 25.

For the regular 'volume' field, a simple


can takes care of this. This does not affect \volcite and related commands, however. I am far from an expert, and don't know how to go about this. Any advice?

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    – lockstep
    Commented Mar 16, 2011 at 13:35

2 Answers 2


What follows is a hack with possible adverse effects.



% For biblatex <=1.5a
% \makeatletter
% \patchcmd{\blx@volcite@vol}{\ppspace#1}{\ppspace\RN{#1}}{}{}
% \makeatother

% For biblatex >=1.6


  author={Shakespeare, William},
  title={Complete Works},



Some text \avolcite{3}[25]{Sha}.



EDIT: Solution updated for biblatex 1.6, which introduced formatting hooks for \volcite & friends.

  • Perfect, just what I was looking for. No clean solution, of course, but works for me!
    – Rutger
    Commented Mar 18, 2011 at 11:53
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    I think you're being too cautious in saying that this may have adverse side effects. It's not really a hack; it's just that biblatex doesn't seem to have provided a hook for this case. I don't see any problems that could arise through this solution.
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Apr 10, 2011 at 2:14

I have used this construction: \avolcite{III}[25]{Sha}

  • This way, if you decide later that you don't like Roman numerals, you will have to hunt down and manually change every occurence of \avolcite.
    – lockstep
    Commented Apr 9, 2011 at 22:50
  • Certainly, but the first answer suggested possible adverse effects, and this has none. Should a reversal be required, any reasonable text editor should be able easily to find all occurrences that need changing, and many can be used to automate the change.
    – Rik
    Commented Apr 10, 2011 at 1:00

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