ADS paper service usually provides the EID entry as well as the pages entry in their bibtex files. Both entries generally contain the page number of an article. Usually this doesn't seem to cause any issues. However, when using \fullcite{} from biblatex both entries are printed resulting in duplicate page numbers in the citation. Is there a way to suppress printing the EID with \fullcite?

Full example:

    author = {{Eisenstein}, D.~J. and {Weinberg}, D.~H. and {Agol}, E. and
    {Aihara}, H. and {Allende Prieto}, C. and {Anderson}, S.~F. and
    {Arns}, J.~A. and {Aubourg}, {\'E}. and {Bailey}, S. and
    {Balbinot}, E. and et al.},
    title = "{SDSS-III: Massive Spectroscopic Surveys of the Distant Universe,
    the Milky Way, and Extra-Solar Planetary Systems}",
    journal = {Astrophysical Journal},
    archivePrefix = "arXiv",
    eprint = {1101.1529},
    primaryClass = "astro-ph.IM",
    keywords = {cosmology: observations, Galaxy: evolution, planets and
    satellites: detection, surveys},
    year = 2011,
    month = sep,
    volume = 142,
    eid = {72},
    pages = {72},
    doi = {10.1088/0004-6256/142/3/72},
    adsurl = {http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2011AJ....142...72E},
    adsnote = {Provided by the SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System}



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Articles like this are a bit of a grey area, I would say that in this case only eid = {72} is correct and pages = {72} is a bit misleading, but you could feel the exact opposite.

Anyway, you can get rid of the eid in citations with


in the bibliography that is


To get rid of the field entirely you can use Biber

      \step[fieldset=eid, null]



we delete the pages only if the content of the pages and eid field coincide.

  • Thanks, perfect. In theory I feel the same way, but it seems that pages is much more common and if both are used together it can cause issues.
    – frixhax
    Mar 3, 2016 at 14:07
  • @frixhax It is a grey area. I'd say eid is the "correct" field, but many (.bst) styles don't support that and can only deal with pages, so BibTeX export still often goes with pages. That is probably why pages is so much more prevalent. (Maybe you like the code from the edit.)
    – moewe
    Mar 3, 2016 at 14:28
  • Uh, that's nice. Thanks! I noticed in very few cases that the eid entry differs from pages and I'm not sure why and what to prefer in these cases.
    – frixhax
    Mar 3, 2016 at 14:31
  • @frixhax That is something to be decided on a case-by-case basis, I believe. Maybe you can double check with the journal website and the information they provide there. (I would be curious to see an example, do you happen to have one at hand?)
    – moewe
    Mar 3, 2016 at 14:34
  • Yes, I guess so.
    – frixhax
    Mar 3, 2016 at 14:34

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