I am using biblatex-chicago for my paper. Due to I need to cite a lot of legal statutes, I'm using the entry "shorthand" to put an abbreviated form of some acts (EG. Law No. 17.336 on Intelectual Property Rights, hereinafter "IPRA").

The issue is that I want to put the shorthand inside quotation marks "IPRA" only in the first citation and I do not know how to do it.

My first approximation was edit the "citeas" string. In fact I just edited in order to fix the shorthandintro in spanish

\DefineBibliographyStrings{spanish}{citedas = {en adelante}}

Is this string the one tha I must to modify in order to have quotation marks? (e.g. en adalante "IPRA")

Edit: Here is a MWE


address = {},
author = {{Congreso Nacional}},
number = {4},
pages = {1--12},
publisher = {Diario Oficial},
shorthand = {LPC},
title = {{Ley 19.496 sobre Protección a los Derechos de los Consumidores}},
year = {1997}
\DefineBibliographyStrings{spanish}{citedas = {en adelante}}
\title{Medios de Pago}
\author{\textsc{Víctor Andrade R}.\thanks{J.D. Universidad de Chile}}
Esto es una prueba

Según señala  \autocite{LPC}

\printbibliography[nottype=misc, title =Referencias]
\printbibliography[type=misc,title=Normas Citadas]




1 Answer 1


With biblatexte-chicago the relevant macro is cms:shorthandintro.


\renewbibmacro*{cms:shorthandintro}{% For changing the citedas phrase
    {%\addspace%\setunit{\addspace}% Fix for after postnote field
    {%\addspace%\setunit{\addspace}% Ditto

For biblatex's standard styles (such as the verbose-family) we need to modify shorthandintro


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