I'm using biblatex and MiKTeX to write my thesis. My citations contain articles from a journal which uses a combination of a letter and numbers for the pages. The challenge is to cite the article correctly without any errors during compilation of the file because of the pages-field.

How can I cite an article, which is printed from page "A-100" to page "A-111" instead of 100-111?

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    Do XIV pages in page counts? and Biblatex no printing “p.” when page number ends in some letters help? Maybe it's just \DeclareNumChars*{A}, you might run into trouble with the - in the page number though, normally biblatex treats it as a range indicator as in p. 12-15.
    – moewe
    May 29, 2015 at 20:10
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    An error should never occur even with pages = {A-100 -- A-111}, the problem is that the "pagination prefix" might not be added because biblatex does not recognise this as a valid page range.
    – moewe
    May 29, 2015 at 20:11
  • @moewe: Yeah, it's not an error that's displayed but a warning: "Biber reported the following issues(biblatex) with [citation] :(biblatex) - Range field 'pages' in entry [citation] is malformed, skipping."
    – Andi
    May 30, 2015 at 9:10
  • I don't even get a Biber warning with pages = {A-427--A-446}, (note the double dash as range separator) while pages = {A-427-A-446}, does not fare well with Biber.
    – moewe
    May 30, 2015 at 9:26

2 Answers 2


Try using an extra set of curly brackets: PAGES = {{A-100}--{A-111}}, (It worked for me using Biblatex-Chicago.) Be sure to rebuild you .bbl file.


The solution is a combination of two answers (@Sag and @moewe):

First I have to declare "A-" as a number: \DeclareNumChars*{A-} in the preamble; otherwise there is no pagination prefix.

Second I have to use curly brackets to show bibtex that there is only one page range. For example: Pages = {{A-100}--{A-111}}

  • On my system \DeclareNumChars*{A} is sufficient (no need for the additional -). Also the curly braces are not strictly necessary, if one opts for the double dash. (Biber 2.1/biblatex 3 on MikTeX)
    – moewe
    May 30, 2015 at 9:27
  • I checked it on my system without the brackets and without a declaration of the numchars. There was either no pagination prefix or a warning.
    – Andi
    May 31, 2015 at 7:26

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