# Make biblatex skip author for a specific citation, keep it in bibliography

I'd like to discard the author field of a biblatex entry in a specific \cite command (just as if it had no author at all), but still have it listed in the biliography.

I need this because the figures are my original works, and repeating my name in the citations themselves is akward. So basically:

\begin{figure}[!hbt]
\centering
\includegraphics[width=300px]{image.jpg}
\caption{\cite[]{the-biblatex-entry}} % *shouldn't* produce my name, only title, date, etc...
\end{figure}

\printbibliography % *should* produce my name, along with title, date, etc...


I'm ok with using some other command other than \cite. I'd really like to have a \citenoauthor command if I only knew how to make it.

EDIT: here is a MWE

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{example.bib}
@book{somebook,
title = {Book's title},
author = {Author, Some},
location = {The City},
publisher = {Publisher},
date = {2005},
}
\end{filecontents}

\usepackage[style=verbose,backend=bibtex]{biblatex} %backend tells biblatex what you will be using to process the bibliography file
\bibliography{example}

\begin{document}
\cite{somebook} % I'd like this to not include the author, only the other fields
\printbibliography % All the fields, please
\end{document}

• Maybe \AtNextCitekey{\clearname{labelname}}\cite{the-biblatex-entry}? Hard to say without a compilable (but minimal, please!) example for people to examine. Also: biblatex-chicago had (and still has, I'd guess) the commands \headlesscite and \headlessfullcite, which you could use for inspiration. – jon Jan 20 '17 at 21:54
• Added a MWE. How can I use those commands "for inspiration"? – Joao Tavora Jan 20 '17 at 23:35
• Forgot to add that your \AtNextCitekey idea didn't work. It produces no effect. – Joao Tavora Jan 20 '17 at 23:43
• \AtNextCitekey{\clearname{author}} for BibTeX (hence need for MWE; otherwise we can only guess). By 'inspiration', I meant you could adapt them to your own use. (Obviously, prior to the MWE, no one else could be certain how they could be adapted or, indeed, whether a better solution was available.) – jon Jan 20 '17 at 23:56
• I see. It does work, but not inside \caption :-( EDIT: Holdon, it does work, never mind. There's something fishy – Joao Tavora Jan 21 '17 at 0:50

The \caption problem can be fixed with a judicious use of \protect or you can define your own 'robust' command with etoolbox's \newrobustcmd (biblatex requires and loads etoolbox by default). That is:

\caption{%
\AtNextCitekey{\protect\clearname{author}}%
\cite{somebook}}


or:

\newrobustcmd{\hlcite}[1]{%
\AtNextCitekey{\clearname{author}}%
\cite{#1}}


Complete example:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{example.bib}
@book{somebook,
title = {Book's title},
author = {Author, Some},
location = {The City},
publisher = {Publisher},
date = {2005},
}
\end{filecontents}

\usepackage[style=verbose,backend=bibtex]{biblatex}
%\bibliography{example}% <-- deprecated
\usepackage{caption}

\newrobustcmd{\hlcite}[1]{%
\AtNextCitekey{\clearname{author}}%
\cite{#1}}

\begin{document}
\begin{figure}
\rule{3cm}{3cm}
\caption{%
\AtNextCitekey{\protect\clearname{author}}%
\cite{somebook}}
\end{figure}

\begin{figure}
\rule{3cm}{3cm}
\caption{\hlcite{somebook}}
\end{figure}

\printbibliography
\end{document}

• Note that it is probably nicer to define \hlcite via \DeclareCiteCommand, because then the optional arguments will still work properly. – moewe Jan 21 '17 at 12:48
• @moewe -- Yes, absolutely. The point of it was more to showcase \newrobustcmd in the context of \caption's moving argument as compared to \protect. – jon Jan 21 '17 at 19:53