Using authordate styles, including Chicago and basic authoryear, the final bibliography is printed more or less as such (I use an example from the cms-date-sample file provided with biblatex-chicago):

Rodman, Dennis. 1997. Walk on the Wild Side. With Michael Silver. New York: Delacorte Press.

During the text is cited e.g. as

Rodman 1997, 323-324

I am required by the publisher to print the final bibliography in this form:

Rodman 1997
D. Rodman, Walk on the Wild Side. New York: Delacorte Press, 1997

The final bibliography items should therefore contain:
* the abbreviation as used in the text
* a newline
* the complete data, with the first name in the short form and proceeding the surname.

Is there any style designed for this kind of output?

  • Like you have special needs, you should create your own biblatex style which will does exactly what you want. it isn't that hard.
    – ppr
    Commented Nov 22, 2013 at 17:11
  • Have a look at tex.stackexchange.com/a/146573/16895.
    – Guido
    Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 17:30

1 Answer 1


Here are some hints to modify the given bibliographic style

To include the citation label at the begin of each reference (on a line of its own) we first create a new bib macro


to simulate the citation. In style derived from the standard biblatex, one would inject the new macro in the begentry hook. However, the chicago.sty does not use begentry. Thus each driver must be modified. A simple ways to do this is to load the patch package (i.e., \usepackage{patch}) and then use the following commands


This must be done for each entry type, a way to do this is



For the name all you need is to include the firstinits=true option (i.e., \usepackage[authordate,firstinits=true]{biblatex-chicago}) and


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