I'm using biblatex to organize my bibliography. In case that \textcite{ref} only references a single author, I want to display the shortened first name. See the following MWE.


\usepackage[backend=biber, style=alphabetic, language=USenglish]{biblatex}

  Title                    = {Title 1},
  Author                   = {Duck, Donald and Mouse, Mickey and Goofy, Goofy and Duck, Daisy},
  Year                     = {2012},
  Month                    = {Oct},
  Number                   = {1},

  Title                    = {The influenza virus M2 protein cytoplasmic tail interacts with the M1 protein and influences virus assembly at the site of virus budding},
  Author                   = {Duck, Donald},
  Year                     = {2008},
  Month                    = {Oct},
  Number                   = {20},




The output of \textcite{ref2} is Duck [Duc08]. However, I want it to be D. Duck [Duc08]. The style for more authors should not be changed.


This is quite an inconsistent style, but it is easily possible with stykle=alphabetic.

  \ifboolexpr{test {\ifnumequal{\value{listcount}}{1}}
    and test {\ifnumequal{\value{liststop}}{1}}
    and not test \ifmorenames}
  • How do I use this format? If I put it in the preamble of the document, the names do not show up at all. – W. Alpha Nov 20 '17 at 12:05
  • Ok. I figured it out. I think there is a \nameparts{#1} missing as the first line of the new format. – W. Alpha Nov 20 '17 at 12:27
  • @W.Alpha \nameparts{#1} is not needed any more in versions newer than 3.4, the current version is 3.8a. So you might want to think about an update. – moewe Nov 20 '17 at 17:30

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