I want to cite an online news article, i.e. one that didn't also appear as a printed version, using BibLaTex with the authoryear style. Example:

    urlseen = {abgerufen am},

Test \autocite{Darroch.2017}.


with the corresponding entry in the .bib file:

 author = {Darroch, Gordon},
 year = {2017},
 title = {Netherlands 'will pay the price' for blocking Turkish visit – Erdoğan },
 journal = {The Guardian},
 url = {https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/12/netherlands-will-pay-the-price-for-blocking-turkish-visit-erdogan},
 urldate = {2017-03-12}

The output looks like this:

Darroch, Gordon (2017). Netherlands 'will pay the price' for blocking Turkish visit – Erdoğan URL: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/12/netherlands-will-pay-the-price-for-blocking-turkish-visit-erdogan (abgerufen am 12.03.2017)

I've tried multiple things instead of journal, but the name of the news website just doesn't want to appear. In the end, it should look like this:

Darroch, Gordon (2017). Netherlands 'will pay the price' for blocking Turkish visit – Erdoğan In: The Guardian. URL: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/12/netherlands-will-pay-the-price-for-blocking-turkish-visit-erdogan (abgerufen am 12.03.2017)

Any ideas how to fix this? Thanks a lot!

  • Do any of the following fields work? {subtitle, titleaddon, language, version, note, organization, date, month, year, addendum, pubstate, urldate}. Regardless, @article might be more appropriate for a news article.
    – Mass
    Mar 12, 2017 at 20:06
  • 2
    Use @article and it will work much better. There is almost certainly a print equivalent, but that doesn't really matter if it is not the version you have access to. You should, however, definitely specify date rather than just year for a newspaper article.
    – cfr
    Mar 13, 2017 at 0:26
  • If you want the journal/journaltitle to appear, you should use @article. It seems in no way inappropriate to use that entry type.
    – moewe
    Mar 13, 2017 at 6:19
  • @Mass I have added a CW answer, but if you would rather like to answer yourself I will vote to delete the CW answer.
    – moewe
    Mar 25, 2017 at 16:30

1 Answer 1


You will want to use the @article entry type.

 author  = {Darroch, Gordon},
 date    = {2017-03-12},
 title   = {Netherlands 'will pay the price' for blocking Turkish visit – Erdoğan},
 journal = {The Guardian},
 url     = {https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/12/netherlands-will-pay-the-price-for-blocking-turkish-visit-erdogan},
 urldate = {2017-03-12}

Since this is arguably an article that appeared in the online version of a newspaper, you should be fine using @article.

As cfr noted in the comments, it is a good idea to specify the publishing date (with newer versions you can even give the time as well date = {2017-03-12T19:57:00}).

  • Yes, I just checked again and I indeed used a different style. Sorry.
    – Lukas
    Nov 25, 2018 at 15:14

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