I get different formatting with different bib sources (like article, book), but none of them are correct in their current state.

So in books it shows the vol as Bd., however neither vol. nor Bd. nor any preceeding name should be visible. In articles it does not show Bd. or vol. however it separates the numbers by period: enter image description here

3.2, S. 1-2

I'd like it to be like this

3, 2, S. 1-2


 author = {Doi, Yutaka and Sano, Tetsuji and Tanaka, Itsuo},
 year = {1978},
 title = {Senkyo seido},
 titleaddon = {[Das Wahlsystem]},
 keywords = {Election law;Local elections},
 volume = {10},
 publisher = {Gy{\^o}sei},
 location = {T{\^o}ky{\^o}},
 series = {Gendai chih{\^o} jichi zensh{\^u}},
 abstract = {},

 author = {McMaster, John},
 year = {1963},
 title = {The Takashima Mine},
 pages = {215--239},
 pagination = {page},
 volume = {38},
 subtitle = {British Capital and Japanese Industrialization},
 journaltitle = {Business History Review},
 number = {3},
 abstract = {}

Do you know how to fix that?


-> Also I found quotation marks in article titles, which should not be there (it is correct that they are NOT italic though)

Thank you!

  • 1
    I think I solved your @article issue in tex.stackexchange.com/q/457579/35864, right? Can you show a short mockup of what you would like to see for @book's volume?
    – moewe
    Oct 30, 2018 at 19:10
  • 1
    Also, this is just a pet peeve of mine, so feel free to ignore me, but I really dislike it when people say that the output is not correct or wrong. The output is not really incorrect or wrong by any objective standard that could unequivocally be said to apply here, it is just not what you expect or want.
    – moewe
    Oct 30, 2018 at 19:21
  • sorry for the fact that english is not my mothertongue and i did not articulate adequately. I know the problem is not the output itself but caused by my mistakes or missing knowledge. I just wanted to express the issue I have quickly. I have attached the bibliography example - it is the 3r entry (also shown in the bib entry examples starting with DOI)
    – user168390
    Oct 30, 2018 at 19:24
  • @moewe IOA Uni Bonn :)
    – user168390
    Oct 30, 2018 at 19:25

1 Answer 1


The @article issue was already solved in Volume Comma Issue Number, so we can focus on the @book issue.

As discussed in the comments, your guidelines https://www.ioa.uni-bonn.de/de/studium/materialien/formalregeln_ioa.pdf require "Bd." (volume) when a book is part of a multi-volume, see §10.2.10 Mehrbändiges Werk. So the output might be as required after all.

The fact that you used series in Doi.1978 makes me think that we might be talking about a series+number here instead of (main)title+volume. These two combinations series+number on one hand and (main)title+volume on the other are the standard idioms in biblatex.

You use series+number for a books in a loose series (like Springer's A Series of Comprehensive Studies in Mathematics, see liggett:ips in the example below). The series might have a core editing team with only low fluctuation, but each book is usually authored by different people. Series can be extremely long-running and feature hundreds of books. While titles in series might be closely related, they need not be and loose series can cover a variety of subjects. This corresponds to §10.2.16 Angaben zu Schriftenreihen in your guidelines.

On the other hand (main)title+volume is for a specific volume in a multi-volume work. Usually all parts of the multi-volume work will be written by the same set of authors. If each volume of the multi-volume work has a title on its own you use maintitle+volume+title (see markert in the MWE below) where maintitle is the title of the collection and title the title of the individual volume. If the volumes don't have a separate title, you just use title+volume (see schlesinger in the MWE below). This would correspond to §10.2.10 Mehrbändiges Werk in your guidelines.

So I would use the following input


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

  author    = {Arthur Schlesinger},
  title     = {History of {U.S.} Political Parties},
  volume    = {1},
  date      = {1973},
  publisher = {Chelsea},
  location  = {New York},
  author    = {Alexander Markert},
  maintitle = {Geschichte Südostasiens},
  volume    = {1},
  title     = {Vietnam},
  date      = {1973},
  publisher = {Rückert},
  location  = {München},
  author    = {Liggett, Thomas M.},
  title     = {Interacting Particle Systems},
  date      = {1985},
  publisher = {Springer},
  location  = {New York},
  series    = {Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften},
  number    = {276},
 author         = {Doi, Yutaka and Sano, Tetsuji and Tanaka, Itsuo},
 year           = {1978},
 maintitle      = {Senkyo seido},
 maintitleaddon = {[Das Wahlsystem]},
 volume         = {10},
 title          = {Gendai chih{\^o} jichi zensh{\^u}},
 publisher      = {Gy{\^o}sei},
 location       = {T{\^o}ky{\^o}},
 author     = {Doi, Yutaka and Sano, Tetsuji and Tanaka, Itsuo},
 year       = {1978},
 title      = {Senkyo seido},
 titleaddon = {[Das Wahlsystem]},
 publisher  = {Gy{\^o}sei},
 location   = {T{\^o}ky{\^o}},
 series     = {Gendai chih{\^o} jichi zensh{\^u}},
 number     = {10},
  author    = {Itō, Masami},
  year      = {1978},
  title     = {Broadcasting in Japan},
  publisher = {{Routledge and Kegan Paul}},
  location  = {London},
  series    = {Case studies on broadcasting systems},
  number    = {7},




Doi, Yutaka, Tetsuji Sano und Itsuo Tanaka (1978a): Senkyo seido. [Das Wahlsystem]. Bd. 10: Gendai chihô jichi zenshû. Tôkyô: Gyôsei.//— (1978b): Senkyo seido. [Das Wahlsystem]. Gendai chihô jichi zenshû 10. Tôkyô: Gyôsei.//Ito, Masami (1978): Broadcasting in Japan. Case studies on broadcasting systems 7. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.//Liggett, Thomas M. (1985): Interacting Particle Systems. Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften 276. New York: Springer.//Markert, Alexander (1973): Geschichte Südostasiens. Bd. 1: Vietnam. München: Rückert.//Schlesinger, Arthur (1973): History of U.S. Political Parties. Bd. 1. New York: Chelsea.

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