I'm using biblatex for my references.

Normally, if I use \cite{source1, source2, source3}, I get a citation like

[3, 45, 98]

If I now want to give a page number for one of them, it looks confusing imho, as I should get (did not try it out up to now, honestly)

[3, 45, 78, p. 23f, 98]

So imho it would make sense to change one of the separator from a comma to e. g. a semicolon like:

[3; 45; 78, p. 23f; 98]

Question 1: Does that make sense, or are there other conventions for citing sources with and without page numbers together?

(Up to now I collected the citations without page number in one cite command and added singular \cite[][p. xy]{} commands for those with page numbers., so I'd get:

 [3, 45, 98][78, p. 23f]


the \cites[]{}[]{}[]{} could also do that, but it also uses the same separators for entries and postnotes.

Question 2: How could I change the separator globally for those number-citations from comma to semicolon in biblatex?

1 Answer 1


It makes sense indeed; the documentation of biblatex says that the default action of \multicitedelim is to add a semicolon followed by a space, but it appears not to be so. Write


in your preamble, after having loaded biblatex.

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    The documentation is imprecise: \multicitedelim is defined as \addsemicolon\space in biblatex.def, but this is changed to \addcomma\space in the numeric citation style (which is biblatexs default style).
    – lockstep
    Commented Sep 21, 2011 at 15:10

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