I am writing document as MastersDoctoralThesis class In this file I define

\documentclass[12pt, english]{MastersDoctoralThesis}
\usepackage[backend=bibtex, bibstyle=numeric, citestyle=bwl-FU, sorting=nyt, natbib=true]{biblatex} %chem-acs  bwl-FU  authoryear



As result I get References formed like for example: enter image description here

The challenge is to form references like it is made in Astronomy and Astrophysics Journal (or similar, close to).

enter image description here

There is a aa.bst file available at A&A journal www page. How can I use it with my MastersDoctoralThesis.cls or right in my tex file to get some close to desired result ??? Dont even know where to start with this problem.

link to aa.bst

link to MastersDoctoralThesis
direct link to MastersDoctoralThesis.cls

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    If you want to (or have to) use a specific bst file, you mustn't use biblatex. (biblatex doesn't read bst files...) Instead, you must you BibTeX directly. You may also want to use a suitable citation management package, e.g., natbib.
    – Mico
    Apr 5, 2017 at 20:26
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    After unloading biblatex and loading natbib (and providing a \bibliographystyle directive), did you delete all aux files before recompiling?
    – Mico
    Apr 5, 2017 at 21:14
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    Surely you don't want to delete the .bib file! You should delete the .aux file and any .bbl file. If you want somebody to provide an example, why don't you provide a minimal example with your current setup so that somebody only needs to adapt it?
    – cfr
    Apr 5, 2017 at 22:41
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    @cfr - I hope the OP deleted the blg files? (blb looks like a typo...)
    – Mico
    Apr 6, 2017 at 2:14
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    – moewe
    Apr 6, 2017 at 14:51

2 Answers 2


Main error reason was not deleted *.aux file
I delete all bibtex and rewrite refs in natbib with aa.bst style

\usepackage[nottoc]{tocbibind} % add references to table of context

\usepackage[breaklinks=true]{hyperref} %% to avoid \citeads line fills
\bibpunct{(}{)}{;}{a}{}{,} %% natbib format for A&A and ApJ

\bibliographystyle{aa} % style aa.bst
\bibliography{biblio_lib.bib} % your references Yourfile.bib

I also have to update commands to corect read ADS bibtex citations.


As result now I have enter image description here


Try this bst file (https://github.com/yangcht/AA-bibstyle-with-hyperlink). I modified it so that the clickable adsurl link and doi links will be shown up in the reference list.

What you need to do is just to replace the "aa.bst" file with this "aa_url.bst".

Below is an example, magenta is the doi links to the journal while the blue links are to the ADS.

enter image description here

Note that do please use the bib entry generated by the ADS website.

  • Instead of just posting a link could you provide an MWE with an image of the result? Jan 14, 2019 at 16:57
  • Hi, thx for suggestions. I added an image.
    – CyTex
    Jan 14, 2019 at 16:59
  • were is a few errors: function on line 1120 should look like FUNCTION {make.href.hyperref} { "\href {" swap$ * "} {" * swap$ * "}" * } without extra } in the end. Also there is error on line 1111 nameptr is already a type "integer-global-variable" function name ---line 1111 of file aa_url.bst : integers { nameptr : namesleft numnames }
    – Viktor
    Jan 15, 2019 at 10:17
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    Yes, you are right, I corrected that. Thanks for pointing it out. But I can not reproduce the error you mentioned at line 1111. And this line integers { nameptr : namesleft numnames } is originally in the official aa.bst file. You should consider if you are lack of any A&A environments, like aa.cls
    – CyTex
    Jan 15, 2019 at 14:16

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