I would like to recover this question I asked some time back since I managed to find no solution of my own to it. Any suggestions or ideas are welcomed:

I am using the following bibliography style:


I want the citation key to appear alongside the bibliography item. To have this printed, I have the following snippet:


I am compiling the bibliography using Biblatex using


However, adding the citation keys makes the first line of each bibliography entry be left shifted as illustrated below:

Hanging citation

How can I correct the ident so it is aligned with the page margins? \setlength\bibhang{} does not work here. The complete MWE that contains the above is as follows:



\usepackage{amsthm}                         % Calls AMS theorem environment
\usepackage{mathrsfs}                           % Even more math symbols
\usepackage{mathtools}                          % Needed to define adjustable abs and norms
\usepackage{layouts}                            % Layout diagrams
\usepackage{graphicx}                           % Calls figure environment
\usepackage{longtable,rotating}                     % Long tab environments including rotation. 
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}                     % Needed to encode non-english characters directly for mac  
\usepackage{url}                                % Supports url commands
\usepackage{subcaption}                         % Required to remove double parentheses for caption figures.
\usepackage[square,sort&compress]{natbib}           % For bibliography
\usepackage[english]{babel}                     %For languages characters and hyphenation

\def\style{plainnat}                                % Sets bibliography style

%%% This adds the citation key.



\chapter{Some chapter}
This is an example chapter with some citation~\citep{Fano1957_RMP}. I am using the \emph{plainnat} style for the bibliography. Since I want to add the citation key with the bib item, the indentation of the first line is not aligned with the page margins



where the citation key has the following Bibtex item:

    Author = {Fano, U.},
    Date-Added = {2018-08-07 13:00:54 +0100},
    Date-Modified = {2018-08-07 13:02:07 +0100},
    Doi = {10.1103/RevModPhys.29.74},
    Journal = {Rev. Mod. Phys.},
    Month = {January},
    Number = {1},
    Pages = {74--93},
    Title = {Description of States in Quantum Mechanics by Density Matrix and Operator Techniques},
    Volume = {29},
    Year = {1957}}
  • 1
    The code you have shown so far strongly suggests you are not actually using biblatex (notice the la) you seem to use natbib. I have removed the biblatex tag. Unfortunately, it is quite hard to reproduce what you are seeing with just a few snippets of code. You could make it much easier for us to help you if you could provide a minimal, yet compilable example document that shows the error, an MWE: tex.meta.stackexchange.com/q/228/35864
    – moewe
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 12:41
  • @moewe, you are correct. I will add the natbib tag and add a MWE.
    – Sid
    Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 12:54

1 Answer 1


For anyone experiencing similar problems with the memoir class, I slightly adapted the code snippet given by gmedina in this post:

\renewcommand\@biblabel[1]{#1} % No brackets for the references
         \advance\leftmargin20pt% change 20 pt according to your needs
         \setlength\itemindent{-20pt}% change using the inverse of the length used before
   \@clubpenalty \clubpenalty
    {\@latex@warning{Empty `thebibliography' environment}}%
\renewcommand\newblock{\hskip .11em\@plus.33em\@minus.07em}

Add to preamble.

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