Sadly I didn't find any solutions in the biblatex doku nor in google.

Can anybody please point me out how to change the parenthesis of the authoryear-icomp (or authoryear style) from (author year) to [author year] (or recommend me another style providing that; I want to have my citations in the text in the form [author1 and author 2 year] respectively [author1 et al. year]; & instead of and would be even better)

P.S.: Does anybody know a site where I can see (I only find the styles not a printout) the different styles in comparison? Testing all of these is quite a bit of work.

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    An example document for each standard style can be found in the doc\latex\biblatex\examples folder of your (la)tex installation.
    – Audrey
    Jan 21 '12 at 22:59

For citations see Audrey's answer to Biblatex, author-year, square brackets.

For the bibliography, brackets instead of braces around the year can be achieved as follows (Note: This is very similar to my accepted answer to biblatex: How to remove the parentheses around the year in authoryear style?):



% By courtesy of Enrico Gregorio (egreg)
  \expandafter#1\csname abx@macro@\detokenize{#2}\endcsname



  author = {Author, A.},
  year = {2001},
  title = {Alpha},






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With regard to replacing "and" with "&": Search this site (or the biblatex manual) for \multinamedelim and \finalnamedelim.

  • Wow, that worked like a charm 8-) Thanks a lot! BTW I hoped it is easier to just change a bracket. Biblatex turns out to be quite complicated also. But to be honest: Id never go back to plain bibtex horros ;-) (besides for journal publications). BTW2 I am fine with how it turns out to be in the bibliography. Just wanted have a diffference between cites and remarks... Jan 21 '12 at 23:06
  • @louiscypher For different formatting of citations and the bibliography, use \AtBeginBibliography.
    – lockstep
    Jan 22 '12 at 20:55
  • what to do if I want the bibliography style to appear as [Auth year] as well? Nov 27 '17 at 5:42
  • As of the current version of biblatex, date+extrayear is deprecated and date+extradate should be patched instead, see github.com/plk/biblatex/blob/… Nov 30 '17 at 14:35

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