Following typographic conventions, I'm using a three-em rule in dashed entries in my bibliography. I feel, however, that there is too little space between the rule and the following period.

As the following MWE shows, adding \space has no effect (I've also tried \addspace, \(add)thinspace, and \hspace{}, all without effect. How can I add space after the rule?

\usepackage[style = authoryear, dashed = true]{biblatex}
    AUTHOR = "Ian Smith",
    TITLE = "The great book about nothing",
    YEAR = "1965"}
    AUTHOR = "Ian Smith",
    TITLE = "I have more to say about nothing",
    YEAR = "1972"}

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    Why the period? – egreg Aug 31 '15 at 19:17
  • @egreg I often use a style in which the entries are formatted like Smith, Ian. 1965. _Title_. – Sverre Aug 31 '15 at 19:20

As far as I can tell, \addperiod gobbles up preceding glue, so \space before it does nothing. On the other hand, \hspace* tricks it into thinking that no space was there, so I can propose


which gives

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Adjust to suit. If I use \hspace*{1em} (exaggerating the effect), I get

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  • I would simply use a real dot . instead of \addperiod. – Ulrike Fischer Aug 31 '15 at 18:11
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    @UlrikeFischer Actually, I wouldn't use a period, there. – egreg Aug 31 '15 at 19:17
  • Why not? That's a fix output, there is no need to track punctuations or hidden spaces. – Ulrike Fischer Aug 31 '15 at 19:21

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