Related but probably not related enough: making citations bold latex and Color citation using biblatex : in-text + references (issue with postnote + bibliography)

I have been learning a thing or two about source maps. But I think this requires something else than source maps because I don't know how source maps can influence the in-text citation.

I want to do the following:

  1. For every @inproceedings reference,
  2. If the note field exists get the string,
  3. If this string contains the substring www.youtube.com, then make the in-text citation bold, (e.g. [43] ). If this is not the case, then do nothing and let it display like normal (e.g. [43] ).

I know this is perhaps a relatively specific example, but this can be generalized relatively easy to other data types or other fields.

The question is: how would I go about this in Biblatex/Lualatex?

Justification: some of my references are multimedia systems. Reading papers are fun and all, but some researchers have amazing YouTube videos demonstrating their system, which is a really intuitive intro to start off with if a reader is interested in following a reference. I want to do this a bit subtle, and this is what I came up with.


A sourcemap is exactly the right tool here, you just need a way to communicate a match with your document. That is probably easiest done with a keyword. In the example the sourcemap sets the keyword important for matching entries. The \DeclareFieldFormat{labelnumberwidth}, \DeclareFieldFormat{boldimportant} and \renewbibmacro*{cite} then make sure that the citation label for an important entry becomes bold.

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

  author    = {Humphrey Appleby},
  title     = {On the Importance of the Civil Service},
  booktitle = {Why We Matter},
  date      = {1980},
  note      = {The corresponding speech is available at \url{https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO9XlQrEt2Y}},
  author    = {James Hacker},
  title     = {The Government},
  date      = {1981},
  note      = {The corresponding speech is available at \url{https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO9XlQrEt2Y}},


      \step[fieldsource=note, match={www.youtube.com}, final]
      \step[fieldsource=keywords, match=\regexp{\A(.+)\Z}, replace=\regexp{$1,}]
      \step[fieldset=keywords, fieldvalue={important}]



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  • I have to give it to you, you did it again. I'll put you in the acknowledgements of my thesis because you have been a huge help with this. Thanks! – Melvin Roest May 3 '18 at 15:03
  • Great answer @moewe, how can I do it with alphabetic (or other) styles, instead of numeric? – Raziel Sep 28 at 9:50
  • @Raziel The redefinition \renewbibmacro*{cite} needs to be based on the definition of cite in alphabetic.cbx (and not on the definition in numeric.cbx as in this answer). It is a bit awkward to give the necessary code here in the comments, so if you need help getting that to work, I suggest you ask a new question. – moewe Sep 28 at 10:01

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