For a particular journal which I am submitting to, I must use the Chicago author-date style. So I am using biblatex-chicago style.

But each bibliography item must have double indentation, as shown in the attached image.

I just don't know what to do to fulfill that format requirement, so I would be much obliged if someone helps me out.

Bibliography with double indent

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    That is quite some work. Check out biblatex-philosophy's philosophy-modern style. There are lot of options to customise its output and the unmodified output looks quite similar to what you want. Depending on how your journal processes subscriptions it might, however, be a waste of time and effort to try and mirror their output if they do the final typesetting. Maybe you should ask the staff how and if they handle LaTeX submissions and in particular what to do about the bibliography.
    – moewe
    Mar 16, 2017 at 8:02
  • @moewe Thanks for the clue. I will check it out and see if I can do something. Thanks again!
    – ashinpan
    Mar 16, 2017 at 13:17
  • Do get back to us and update us on your progress when you have tried the package.
    – moewe
    Mar 17, 2017 at 8:43
  • I would, but it would take some time, for I have found I need to hack the style files a bit.
    – ashinpan
    Mar 17, 2017 at 10:00
  • Like I said. Check with the journal staff first. You really don't want to invest that much time only to find out that they are using a different system anyway.
    – moewe
    Mar 17, 2017 at 10:06

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philosophy-modern from the biblatex-philosophy style family is a good start for this.

With only little change (the publocformat=loccolonpub option - which is specific to biblatex-philosophy, and \renewcommand*{\newunitpunct}{\addperiod\space}) we get

\usepackage[backend=biber, style=philosophy-modern, publocformat=loccolonpub]{biblatex}





part of the bibliography section of the MWE

  • I have tried, and I think the philosophy-modern itself has a bug. See the following MWE:
    – ashinpan
    Mar 18, 2017 at 5:47
  • @ashinpan Can you post a new question with an MWE?
    – moewe
    Mar 18, 2017 at 6:13
  • OK, I will. MWE is longer than permitted here.
    – ashinpan
    Mar 18, 2017 at 7:47
  • @ashinpan Yes, the comments are not for new questions with MWEs.
    – moewe
    Mar 18, 2017 at 8:10

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