I am trying to produce an output like for citing to footnotes:

K. van Berkel (2005), 'De Rerum Natura: revisited', pp. 215--218.

K. van Berkel (2004), Citings from the book of nature.


T.H.E. Author (year), shorttitle, optional page number.

to be cited like:


I am using biblatex:

\usepackage[backend=biber,style=authoryear,sorting=ynt, useprefix=true]{biblatex} 

I've tried fiddling around with the command \AtEveryCitekey with \clearfield{publisher} etc. in the preamble, but it does not do what it is supposed to: It does not change/remove anything when I use \fullcite. The code in the preamble that I used was:


Creating custom cite commands daunts me. For instance I am unable to customize the answer here because I do not understand half the code.

  • Do you still have other citations in the classical author-year format around, or do you want all citations to switch to your new format? If there is an algorithm to decide the format of the output (say all @books must be 'author (year) title', all @articles only 'author year') that could be implemented directly. Ideally you would show us a full MWEB/MWE of what you have so far instead of just a few code snippets. That way we can check that our solutions give the desired output with your setup.
    – moewe
    Aug 22, 2017 at 8:52
  • Indeed, all citations will be in the same way. I only use the authoryear style in the bibliography.
    – Thagusta
    Aug 22, 2017 at 11:13

1 Answer 1


This solution uses authoryear.cbx as base and defines a new cite macro mycite that is basically a copy of authoryear.cbx's standard cite macro, but additionally includes a bit of authortitle.cbx's cite:title. Furthermore we define a new name format that is similar to the standard labelname, but always gives at least initials.







Lorem\myfootcite[12]{sigfridsson} ipsum\myfootcite{nussbaum,geer}



1 E. Sigfridsson and U. Ryde (1998), ‘Comparison of methods for deriving atomic charges from the electrostatic potential and moments’, p. 12.

2 M. Nussbaum (1978), Aristotle’s ‘De Motu Animalium’; I. d. Geer (1985), ‘Earl, Saint, Bishop, Skald – and Music’.

in the footnotes.


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