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I am using the biblatex-chicago package for my documents.

\usepackage[backend=biber,authordate]{biblatex-chicago}

However, now I would like the citations to follow a certain format: first 4 letters from the author's name followed by the last 2 digits of the publication's year, e.g. [Knut68] for The Art of Computer Programming by Donald Knuth.

How can I achieve this with biblatex-chicago?

  • biblatex-chicago does not support an alphabetic style, you would have to switch to normal biblatex with style=alphabetic: \usepackage[backend=biber,style=alphabetic]{biblatex}. But of course then your bibliography will look quite different. – moewe Nov 5 '16 at 13:44
  • Any news here? I'm still not entirely sure what it is you are trying to do. – moewe Nov 26 '16 at 15:14
  • @moewe - well, let's say that I'm trying to negotiate the requirements for a couple of papers I'm writing. In my scenario listing the bibliography in Chicago style is enouraged but also citations in the format I mentioned. – Robert Munteanu Nov 27 '16 at 20:40
  • What do they mean by "Chicago style" though, could you get away just with the normal style=alphabetic from biblatex? Note that many journals have their own work flows and cannot accept papers with a biblatex bibliography (see here). So you should really check with them beforehand if they can accept .tex files using biblatex, and ask if they have some kind of template or ready-made bibliography style. Maybe they already have that. – moewe Nov 28 '16 at 8:31

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