Generating a bibliography with bibtex in combination with the cite-package leads to migrated punctuation characters while using supercript citations. For example, this code leads to the following output:

This is an example sentence\cite{example}.

This is an example sentence.[1]

Changing from bibtex to biblatex, I had to exclude the cite-package due to incompatibility. Thus the above shown code leads to the following output, where the punktuation character is not moved:

This is an example sentence[1].

As the migration of punctuation characters is a, in my case, desired behaviour, especially when having citations in figure captions and using the "textformat=period" option of the caption package, I would like to know if there is any possible way to achieve this functionality wile using biblatex rather than bibtex.


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biblatex also supports moving punctuation around, but only with \autocite. Just to address the title of your question: You cannot make biblatex and cite compatible - they are fundamental incompatible, but most of cite's behaviour can be replicated with biblatex. So we don't need to.

If you use a numeric-like style, this is not enabled by default, you need to tell biblatex to move punctuation to the left of the citation with \DeclareAutoCiteCommand{inline}[l]{\parencite}{\parencites} (autocite=inline is the default setting for numeric styles).

\usepackage[backend=biber, style=numeric]{biblatex}



Ipsum. \autocite{sigfridsson}

Dolor \autocite{sigfridsson}.

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To my eye that does not look very aesthetically pleasing. You can see that the feature is designed for footnote numbers, where the result is nicer.

Your comment suggests you actually want \supercite. In which case we only need

\usepackage[backend=biber, style=numeric, autocite=superscript]{biblatex}

to switch the \autocite style to \supercite.

  • Moving the punctuation works fine with your solution. Additionally replacing \parencite and \parencites by \supercite and \supercites respectiviely lead to the desired formattting of the numbers as superscript.
    – leandriis
    Jun 7, 2017 at 20:23
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    @leandriis Sorry, I must have missed you wanted to use \supercite. In that case the behaviour is already built in. You only need \usepackage[backend=biber, style=numeric, autocite=superscript]{biblatex}
    – moewe
    Jun 7, 2017 at 20:26

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