So...I'm not the only one who needs to use some custom style in their bibliography. As I'm annoyed with using office word editors I would like to create a tex template that I can use over and over and that will save me a lot of manual editing in the long term. I'm using biblatex and biber.

Well, I'll come to the guidelines. The cites in the text should be in the format (Surname Year:Page), I figured out this one by searching around the internet and it works, the only thing missing is it should be (Author1/Author2 Year:Page) instead of an "and" between these authors, how do I do this?

Now for the really tricky part, the references.

Books should look like this: enter image description here

So after the author there is a newline, then the year and the remaining text should be tabbed in, I have no idea how to do this.

For articles, it should be this: enter image description here

This is what it currently looks like: enter image description here

There needs to be a comma after the title, the 19.2 should be 19/2 and I need to get rid of the "S." indicating the pages. I think the symbol showing the page range would also disturb my professor, it should just be a "-".

I really hope someone can help me to get this stuff settled. I already invested hours I could have spent writing my papers and didn't really got anything :<

Edit: After some more hours of research I worked out most of the stuff I needed. Here is my MWE:

\usepackage{fontspec}% Schriftumschaltung mit den nativen XeTeX-Anweisungen
                     % vornehmen. Voreinstellung: Latin Modern
\usepackage{polyglossia}% Sprachumschaltung
\setCJKmainfont{Kochi Gothic}
\setdefaultlanguage{german}% Voreingestellte Dokumentsprache: Deutsch
\usepackage[babel]{csquotes} %,german=guillemets
  references = {Literaturverzeichnis},
  editor = {\mkbibparens{Hg\adddot}} %Hg. statt Hrsg.
\renewbibmacro*{byeditor+others}{% %Hg. bzw Hgg. in Klammern hinter Herausgeber, statt davor

   andothers = {{et\,al\adddot}},             
%\DeclareFieldFormat{url}{Available from\addcolon\space\url{#1}}

\DefineBibliographyStrings{german}{volume = {}}


\DeclareFieldFormat[book]{title}{\mkbibemph{#1}\addperiod} % italic title with period


     title = {The association of life satisfaction and self-rated health with income dynamics among male employees in Japan},
     author = {Oshio, Takashi et al.},
     journal = {Japan and the World Economy},
     volume = {28},
     number = {},
     pages = {143-150},
     year = {2013},

author = {Wikipedia},
title = {Einzelwissenschaft},
publisher = Wikipedia,
howpublished = {http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einzelwissenschaft},
note = {Accessed: 14.06.2015}

  author      = "O. Grandstrand",
  title       = "Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights",
  editor      = "J. Fagerberg",
  booktitle   = "Oxford Handbook of Innovation",
  publisher   = "Oxford University Press",
  address     = "Oxford",
  year        = 2004,

author = {Kurz, Robert},
title = {Schwarzbuch Kapitalismus; ein Abgesang auf die Marktwirtschaft},
year = {1999},
address = {Frankfurt am Main},
publisher = {Eichborn},
ISBN = {3-8218-0491-2}}





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This is what it currently looks like, so far so good. The first entry should have a colon after the (Hg.) and should be followed by the title (Oxford Handbook...), the editor should come directly after the title, as seen here: enter image description here

Entry 2 and 3 are perfect, entry 4 should look like this: enter image description here With the URL starting a new line and the date the site was accessed in parens.

When using


with exactly two authors it should be SurnameAuthor1/SurnameAuthor2 instead of the current "SurnameAuthor 1 und SurnameAuthor 2".

And now finally to my last question: is it possible to make the philosophy-modern style use ibidem (respectively it's German equivalent ebd.) when citing the same work multiple times?

  • At first sight this seems quite similar to what biblatex-philsophy's philosophy-modern style does. Could you try that style and identify the point that need changing? – moewe Jun 15 '15 at 5:34
  • Of course the separator between volume and number as well as the page format would still need ton be changed, but there is help for that round here. Have a look at this for the volume/ number` issue and here for the pages thing (it is quite long answer, search for "pages"). – moewe Jun 15 '15 at 5:50
  • Thank you for your reply! The philosophy-modern style indeed is much closer to my desired end result, however there is still some finetuning needed. It currently looks like this: i.imgur.com/yi4Lb8y.png There should be a period after the title in the first entry and a colon between the location and publisher, so "[...] Abgesang auf die Marktwirtschaft. Eichborn: Frankfurt am Main." I got rid of the pages thing thanks to your link in the second entry. There should be no comma between the Journal and the Volume, only the Journal needs to be in italics – Zurr Jun 15 '15 at 9:31
  • Also: is it possible to get the dash into a different format? It seems to be a --, but it should be a - – Zurr Jun 15 '15 at 9:35
  • Alright, got the period after the title with \DeclareFieldFormat[book]{title}{\mkbibemph{#1}\addperiod} but I can't figure out how to use DeclareFieldFormat for the address/location field... – Zurr Jun 15 '15 at 11:41

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