I have to add two different bibliographies to my thesis: One commented, which adds the comments above the paper and consists of my own publications and one general in the end, which contains all publications cited. Using the \AtEveryBibitem{\printfield{note}\clearfield{note}\item command (from this thread), I can read out the note field from the .bib and get the comment to the place where I need to have it.

The problem with this is, that my "standard" bibliography is build up from the records of the PubMed and contains notes for every entry. I don't want to display this notes in the normal bibliography, is there a way to show them in the "List of original publications" and suppress them in the normal bibliography?

My MWE looks like this:

\documentclass{scrreprt}
\usepackage[bibstyle=authoryear, backend=bibtex8]{biblatex}
\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{jobname.bib}
@misc{A2011,
author = {Author, A.},
year = {2011},
title = {A short title.},
note = {Some information from the journal}

}
@misc{A2012,
author = {Buthor, B.},
year = {2012},
title = {Systems biology and personalized medicine are two emerging research areas, which promise to transform our health system.},
note = {This gives some additional information},
keywords = {test}
}
@misc{A2013,
author = {Cuthor, C.},
year = {2013},
title = {This title is short.},
keywords = {test}
}
@misc{C2000,
author = {Duthor, D.},
year = {2000},
title = {Title for this reference.},
note = {No further comment.}
}
\end{filecontents}

%add the note field before each entry in the "Original Publications" bibliography
\AtEveryBibitem{\printfield{note}\clearfield{note}\item}

\begin{document}
\defbibnote{myprenote}{This thesis is based on the following original publications:}
%\begin{refsection}
\printbibliography[prenote=myprenote,title={List of original publications}, keyword=test]
%\end{refsection}

\section*{Test}
This is a chapter to \textcite{A2011} and also cite some other publications \parencite{A2012, A2013, C2000}

\printbibliography
\end{document}

• @StrongBad I ran into problems myself. Removing the the refsection allows to compile the code again, but than your answer will not work anymore. – Chris Feb 11 '14 at 20:12

Since you want to conditionally print the note in some bibliographies and not other, a conditional seems to be the way to go

\newif\ifnoteRefSection
\AtEveryBibitem{\ifnoteRefSection\printfield{note}\item\fi\clearfield{note}}


You then need to turn turning the printing on/off before every \printbibliography

\documentclass{scrreprt}
\usepackage[bibstyle=authoryear, backend=bibtex8]{biblatex}
\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{jobname.bib}
@misc{A2011,
author = {Author, A.},
year = {2011},
title = {A short title.},
note = {Some information from the journal}

}
@misc{A2012,
author = {Buthor, B.},
year = {2012},
title = {Systems biology and personalized medicine are two emerging research areas, which promise to transform our health system.},
note = {This gives some additional information},
keywords = {test}
}
@misc{A2013,
author = {Cuthor, C.},
year = {2013},
title = {This title is short.},
keywords = {test}
}
@misc{C2000,
author = {Duthor, D.},
year = {2000},
title = {Title for this reference.},
note = {No further comment.}
}
\end{filecontents}

%add the note field before each entry in the "Original Publications" bibliography
\newif\ifnoteRefSection
\AtEveryBibitem{\ifnoteRefSection\printfield{note}\fi\clearfield{note}\item}
% \AtEveryBibitem{\printfield{note}\clearfield{note}\item}

\begin{document}
\defbibnote{myprenote}{This thesis is based on the following original publications:}
%\begin{refsection}
\noteRefSectiontrue
\printbibliography[prenote=myprenote,title={List of original publications}, keyword=test]
%\end{refsection}

\section*{Test}
This is a chapter to \textcite{A2011} and also cite some other publications \parencite{A2012, A2013, C2000}

\noteRefSectionfalse
\printbibliography
\end{document}

• Ah, thats clever, didn't knew that. There is one thing happening now: The main bibliography has a lot of empty lines between the entries. Why is that? When I delete the 'note' fields using \AtEveryBibitem{\clearfield{note}} this does not happen. – Chris Feb 11 '14 at 20:43
• @Chris the extra lines come from the extra \item. You just need to move it inside the conditional (see the edited MWE). – StrongBad Feb 12 '14 at 9:23
• This does not seem to be working on TL2019. No bcf file is generated by latex, and then running biber one gets: ERROR - Cannot find control file 't4.bcf'! - Did latex run successfully on your .tex file before you ran biber? – Paulo Ney Jun 1 at 14:34