# Swap Volume and Year for Articles and Separate Them With a Semicolon

I have some problem in customizing bibliography style of @article using biblatex and biber when writing my paper. The picture shows the bibliography style generated by running .tex file.

However, I want to: 1. Remove the comma (,) between the last and first names of authors. 2. Switch the sequence of volume, number and year as: year; volume(number):

For example, in the picture Reference[3]: 56.7 (2013) should be 2013; 56(7):

Many thanks.

The following are my .tex and .bib files:

### .tex file

\documentclass[a4paper, 10pt]{article}

\usepackage[top=2cm, bottom=2cm, left=3cm, right=3cm]{geometry}
\usepackage[backend=biber,style=numeric-comp,sortcites=true,maxbibnames=100,firstinits=true,terseinits=true,sorting=none]{biblatex}
\usepackage{hyperref}

\renewcommand*{\finalnamedelim}{\multinamedelim}

\renewcommand*{\bibpagespunct}{\intitlepunct}

\DeclareFieldFormat[book, article, thesis, inproceedings]{title}{#1}
\DeclareFieldFormat{journaltitle}{#1}
\DeclareFieldFormat{booktitle}{#1}
\DeclareFieldFormat{pages}{#1}

\DeclareNameAlias{default}{last-first}

\renewbibmacro{in:}{\ifentrytype{article} {} {\printtext{\bibstring{in} \intitlepunct}}}

\begin{document}

This is an example for illustration of customizing bibliography style.~\cite{gams,AIChE,Azeez2013}

\printbibliography

\end{document}


### .bib file

@article{Azeez2013,
author = {Azeez, O. S. and Isafiade, A. J. and Fraser, D. M.},
title = {Supply-based superstructure synthesis of heat and mass exchange networks},
journal = {Computers \& Chemical Engineering},
volume = {56},
number = {7},
pages = {184--201},
year = {2013}
}

@book{gams,
author = {Rosenthal, Racd Ejijig},
title = {GAMS---A User's Guide},
year = {2010},
publisher = {GAMS Development Corporation}
}

@inproceedings{AIChE,
author = {Savelski, Minor J and Bagajewicz, Michel J},
title = {Design and retrofit of water utilization systems in refineries and process plants},
booktitle = {Annual National AIChE Meeting},
year = {1997},
location = {Los Angeles, USA}
}

• what is the special in the output desired? – touhami Jul 31 '15 at 9:49
• Normally it is preferred to ask one question at a time. Many components of your question have already been answered elsewhere. A good start is Guidelines for customizing biblatex styles. This \DeclareNameAlias{default}{last-first} \renewcommand*{\finalnamedelim}{\multinamedelim} \DeclareFieldFormat*{title}{#1} \DeclareFieldFormat*{booktitle}{#1} already does some of the things you asked for. – moewe Jul 31 '15 at 9:51
• It would also be really helpful if you could state what exactly you want changed. (I find it quite hard to see the pattern with the semicolon). But please conduct a search of this site first for each of the items. – moewe Jul 31 '15 at 9:52
• @moewe I edited my problem to make it clearer. Thanks, moewe. I am now reading the materials you offered. I hope I could solve the problem. – Nick Aug 1 '15 at 2:33
• If you want to get rid of the pp maybe see my question on avoiding a side-effect. (Also implicitly explains how to get rid of it.) Especially if you might want to specify non-default pagination still. I also asked about in. – cfr Aug 1 '15 at 2:52

The necessary modifications for @article to look as you wish are as follows

\renewbibmacro*{journal+issuetitle}{%
\usebibmacro{journal}%
\iffieldundef{series}
{}
{\newunit
\printfield{series}%
\usebibmacro{issue+date}%
\usebibmacro{issue}%
\usebibmacro{volume+number+eid}%
\newunit}


To change the order of the fields: first year, only then volume and number.

Then

\DeclareFieldFormat[article,periodical]{number}{\mkbibparens{#1}}
\renewbibmacro*{volume+number+eid}{%
\printfield{volume}%
\printfield{number}%
\printfield{eid}}


To typeset volume and number as "56(3)".

And finally

\renewbibmacro*{issue+date}{%
\iffieldundef{issue}
{\usebibmacro{date}}
{\printfield{issue}%
\usebibmacro{date}}%
\newunit}


To make sure the date is not wrapped in parentheses.

MWE

\documentclass[a4paper, 10pt]{article}
\usepackage{geometry}
\usepackage[backend=biber,style=numeric-comp,sortcites=true,maxbibnames=100,firstinits=true,terseinits=true,sorting=none]{biblatex}
\usepackage{filecontents}
\usepackage{hyperref}

\begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib}
@article{Azeez2013,
author = {Azeez, O. S. and Isafiade, A. J. and Fraser, D. M.},
title = {Supply-based superstructure synthesis of heat and mass exchange networks},
journal = {Computers \& Chemical Engineering},
volume = {56},
number = {7},
pages = {184--201},
year = {2013}
}

@book{gams,
author = {Rosenthal, Racd Ejijig},
title = {GAMS---A User's Guide},
year = {2010},
publisher = {GAMS Development Corporation}
}

@inproceedings{AIChE,
author = {Savelski, Minor J and Bagajewicz, Michel J},
title = {Design and retrofit of water utilization systems in refineries and process plants},
booktitle = {Annual National AIChE Meeting},
year = {1997},
location = {Los Angeles, USA}
}
\end{filecontents*}

\renewcommand*{\finalnamedelim}{\multinamedelim}

\renewcommand*{\bibpagespunct}{\intitlepunct}

\DeclareFieldFormat[book, article, thesis, inproceedings]{title}{#1}
\DeclareFieldFormat{journaltitle}{#1}
\DeclareFieldFormat{booktitle}{#1}
\DeclareFieldFormat{pages}{#1}

\DeclareNameAlias{default}{last-first}

\renewbibmacro{in:}{\ifentrytype{article} {} {\printtext{\bibstring{in} \intitlepunct}}}

\renewbibmacro*{journal+issuetitle}{%
\usebibmacro{journal}%
\iffieldundef{series}
{}
{\newunit
\printfield{series}%
\usebibmacro{issue+date}%
\usebibmacro{issue}%
\usebibmacro{volume+number+eid}%
\newunit}

\DeclareFieldFormat[article,periodical]{number}{\mkbibparens{#1}}
\renewbibmacro*{volume+number+eid}{%
\printfield{volume}%
\printfield{number}%
\printfield{eid}}

\renewbibmacro*{issue+date}{%
\iffieldundef{issue}
{\usebibmacro{date}}
{\printfield{issue}%
\usebibmacro{date}}%
\newunit}

\begin{document}

This is an example for illustration of customizing bibliography style.~\cite{gams,AIChE,Azeez2013}

\printbibliography

\end{document}


• Can you change the title of the question to a more specific one? – Johannes_B Aug 1 '15 at 12:35
• @Johannes_B Mhh, can you think of a good title? – moewe Aug 1 '15 at 12:37
• :-D No, that's why i asked you :-) It is hard as this is a multi-question Q. – Johannes_B Aug 1 '15 at 12:38
• That seems to be fine :-) Go for it. – Johannes_B Aug 1 '15 at 13:13
• Most of these macros are in standard.bbx, but some are in biblatex.def. Other still (that are more style-dependent) can be found in the .bbx and .cbx files of your style, in your case numeric-comp.bbx/numeric-comp.cbx. If you don't know where to find these files, type kpsewhich <file> in your command line and the command line will tell you where the file resides. Keep in mind that you should never modify a file you got from your TeX distribution, with biblatex it suffices to make the adjustments in the preamble. – moewe Aug 2 '15 at 15:26