# Bibliography Style with abstract and numbered references

How to get a bibliography style that generates numeric-style citation call-outs and typesets the contents of the abstract fields of bibliographic entries?

• Please give an MWE with one bib entry containing that abstract field. You should also write two sample lines: 1. how you are going to cite and 2. how you want the result to look like. Thank you. Jun 9, 2015 at 9:48
• @LaRiFaRi What do you mean by MWE? Jun 9, 2015 at 9:52
• A minimal working example. Please see here: meta.tex.stackexchange.com/q/228 Jun 9, 2015 at 9:54
• How about using style=numeric and just adding \renewbibmacro*{finentry}{\printfield{abstract}\finentry} to your preamble? Jun 9, 2015 at 15:45
• @moewe, thanks. Can I refer you to question 249312? That includes what i did in a MWE? Jun 10, 2015 at 5:09

You seem to want a numeric style, biblatex offers some variations on your classical version, namely numeric-comp and numeric-verb.

The abstract field is by default not included in the bibliography output, but we can easily add it using

\DeclareFieldFormat{abstract}{\par\small#1}
\renewbibmacro*{finentry}{\printfield{abstract}\finentry}


Where the first line takes care of a nice formatting.

MWE

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[style=numeric]{biblatex}

\DeclareFieldFormat{abstract}{\par\small#1}
\renewbibmacro*{finentry}{\printfield{abstract}\finentry}

\begin{document}
\cite{sigfridsson,kastenholz}

\printbibliography
\end{document}


• I wonder why the standard styles don't use the abstract field? ;-) Thanks for answering. Jun 21, 2015 at 14:38

I know it's fairly late now. I just want to tack on an 'improvement' to @moewe 's answer. This way nothing is done if the abstract field is undefined, say for a dictionary entry or something. It also puts a period (\finentrypunct) at the end of the previous line before printing the abstract.

\DeclareFieldFormat{abstract}{\par\small\textbf{Abstract}: #1}
\renewbibmacro*{finentry}{%
\iffieldundef{abstract}
{%
\finentry
}
{%
\finentrypunct\printfield{abstract}\finentry
}
}


I use something like the above, including a new toggle coupled with \newcommand to have the ability to selectivity to turn abstracts on for a particular bibliography, say personal publications in a thesis as an example, or turn it on globally at the package load with printabstract=true.

\makeatletter
\newcommand\printabstractstrue{\settoggle{bbx:printabstract}{true}}
\newcommand\printabstractfalse{\settoggle{bbx:printabstract}{false}}
\makeatother

\newtoggle{bbx:printabstract}
\DeclareBibliographyOption{printabstract}[true]{%
\settoggle{bbx:printabstract}{#1}%
}

\DeclareFieldFormat{abstract}{\par\small\textbf{Abstract}: #1}
\renewbibmacro*{finentry}{%
\iffieldundef{abstract}
{%iffieldFALSE
\finentry
}
{%iffieldTRUE
\iftoggle{bbx:printabstract}
{%iftoggleTRUE
\finentrypunct\printfield{abstract}\finentry
}
{%iftoggleFALSE
\finentry
}
}
}

• You can additionally make printabstract an entry option (\DeclareEntryOption). The logic in finentry can be shortened using \ifboolexpr{ not test {\iffieldundef{abstract}} and togl {bbx:printabstract} } (or something along those lines, I didn't test it) Nov 16, 2015 at 6:58