# How can I put more space between bibliography entries (biblatex)

My bibliography (made with biblatex) has all items close to each other. I would like to introduce some space between them, e.g. half a line.

How can I do this?

increase one of the lengths:

`\bibitemsep` length between two different entries, preset to `\itemsep`

`\bibnamesep` length between two entries of different authors

`\bibinitsep` length between two entries of authors with different first letter

For example, if you want to increase the `\bibitemsep` by 50%, you could use:

``````\setlength\bibitemsep{1.5\itemsep}
``````
• That won't work for packages where `\itemsep` is already zero. Better to use `\setlength\bibitemsep{0.5\baselineskip}` or something document-related. Jun 19 '16 at 21:49

I've used the answer given by Herbert, but it didn't work for me. This could be probably due to the recent update of `biber` to v2.4 (March 2016).

Hereby, I propose an alternative that worked for me (i.e. introducing a space between the bibentries in the list):

``````\setlength\bibitemsep{\baselineskip}
``````

You've to put this in the preamble right after `\usepackage{biblatex}`

• Mhhh, a Biber update should have nothing to do with that. A `biblatex` update might just, but it is extremely unlikely I would say. The more likely explanation is that your documentclass sets `\itemsep` to a small value so that you can't tell `1.5\itemsep` from `\itemsep`. Without an example it is of course hard to say ... Apr 1 '16 at 16:33

I've used the answer given by Herbert, but it didn't work for me too. It was because {1.5\itemsep} is the default size. `\setlength\bibitemsep{5\itemsep}` produced what I wanted to.

• How is the different from the previous answer (except for the changes in the separation). Welcome to TEXSE. Jul 31 '19 at 7:21
• Yes you are right. I'm not familiar with the interface. Thanks for welcoming me. Jul 31 '19 at 11:32
• Indeed, I think this is more of a comment than an answer. Could you move it to the comment? In case, if you cannot do so (due to reputation), let me know, I will do it on behalf of you :) Jul 31 '19 at 11:45
• The default size of `\bibitemsep` as defined in `biblatex.def` is `\setlength{\bibitemsep}{\itemsep}`, see l. 292 of `biblatex.def`. Some `biblatex` standard styles set `\bibitemep` to `0pt` (`authortitle`- and `authoryear`-based styles), but none sets it to `1.5\itemsep`. Maybe the `\itemsep` in your document is zero? Aug 3 '19 at 6:45