Occasionally using biblatex I want to reference an authored work (i) without including a formal citation in the text, while (ii) including the work in the bibliography, and (iii) including all of the work's authors in the citations [author] index, each of these entries back-referring to the page in which the non-citation reference is included.

I can achieve (i) and (ii) using \nocite in the standard way. However, \nocite doesn't accomplish (iii). At the moment, I am manually entering possibly multiple \index[author]{...} commands with each \nocite where I want this behavior to appear, but find this tedious and error prone, especially when non-cited works include large numbers of authors.

Any ideas how I can configure \nocite or another suitable command to include option for behaving in the standard way while also including each of the work's authors in the citations index?

  • @jon - probably not for two reasons. The citation key #1 is most unlikely to be the full author name as it appears in the Bibliography and therefore as to appear in the author citations index. Also, the solution will generally need to handle cases of references to documents produced by multiple authors (your suggestion assumes references produced by one and only one author).
    – Kilgore
    Commented Mar 14, 2016 at 11:39
  • While your overall issue is quite understandable without an MWE, it could be beneficial to still add a compilable example document so people can test their solutions with your set up.
    – moewe
    Commented Mar 14, 2016 at 15:20

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You can define a new "cite" command that only starts the indexing routine


It will print nothing, but it will send the work to the bibliography and index. This solution also indexes the title, if you only want the name, go with

  • Genius @moewe! I would never have imagined such an elegant solution. I'm very, very grateful to you! Commented Mar 17, 2016 at 0:54

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