Consider the output below, created with biblatex and its vanilla authoryear-icomp scheme, with the citations placed in endnotes (using the enotez package).

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There isn't much that seems wrong about it. That is, until you know that the third citation command in fact points to Malinowski rather than to Knuth.




\footnote{That's also what \textcite{knuth:ct} says.}




Notes 1 and 3 are produced using the regular \footcite command, which is sufficient since no comments are added to the citation. Note 2 though is a \footnote with a citation embedded in some text.

Nothing too special, but it seems that that's enough to confuse biblatex's ibid tracker. It doesn't seem to take note of what's happening inside note 2.

It may well be that there's something I've overlooked (in that case, what is it?). But if you people think it's something that I should contact the biblatex team about, I'll of course do that.

PS: just to clarify: this does not happen when foot- rather than endnotes are used. https://i.stack.imgur.com/Lc1f2.png

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    AFAICS biblatex currently doesn't patch enotez' \endnote command so that biblatex doesn't know it is in a footnote if you use \footnote/\endnote (if you use \footcite biblatex does that automatically). By default biblatex has two tracking levels and it gets tangled up in those. I couldn't figure out how to patch enotez properly, so a work-around is ibidtracker=true if you don't have citations in the text.
    – moewe
    Apr 15, 2016 at 15:16

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Currently biblatex doesn't support the enotez package in that it can't patch enotez' commands for footnote (endnote) detection.

You could just ignore the distinction between footnote and text via ibidtracker=true, but that might not be the best option for you.

I managed to modify some enotez internals to include the footnote detection toggle, and it worked in the MWE

\cs_undefine:N \enotez_endnote:nn
\cs_new_protected:Npn \enotez_endnote:nn #1#2
    \enotez_endnote_mark:n  {#1}
    \enotez_endnote_text:nn {#1} {\toggletrue{blx@footnote}#2}

That is a bit of a kludge, though.

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    This seems to work: \ExplSyntaxOn \pretocmd \enotez_get_note:nn { \toggletrue {blx@footnote} } {} {patch~failed} \ExplSyntaxOff
    – cgnieder
    Apr 15, 2016 at 16:02
  • What's more bothering to me is that the log keeps telling Package biblatex Warning: Please (re)run Biber on the file
    – cgnieder
    Apr 15, 2016 at 16:06
  • Thanks @clemens, will give that a try. @moewe: luckily, ibidtracker=true is a good option in my case, as I've stopped using in-text citations in all documents where I'm control over what citation scheme gets used. So there's only one level on which citations appear.
    – Nils L
    Apr 15, 2016 at 20:32
  • @clemens If that is the preferred way to get the toggle in, you could ask the biblatex team to implement enotez support with that patch. The rerun message problem is a general one with enotez though, even \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage{enotez} \usepackage[style=authoryear-icomp,autocite=footnote,backend=biber]{biblatex} \addbibresource{biblatex-examples.bib} \let\footnote\endnote% \begin{document} Lorem\footcite{malinowski} \printendnotes \printbibliography \end{document} prompted me to rerun all the time. (I guess it has to do with how citations are handled in aux files?)
    – moewe
    Apr 16, 2016 at 6:31
  • I could add the patch to enotez without having to bother the biblatex team... I'll try to figure out the rerun problem and fix it, too.
    – cgnieder
    Apr 16, 2016 at 8:21

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